Basketball Wives’ Tanya Young Williams Reveals Alleged Abuse By Husband Jayson Williams

September 22, 2011

Former NBA player Jayson Williams’ estranged wife Tanya Young Williams is opening up about the alleged abuse she suffered by her husband, to the point that she slept with a knife under her bed. Find out more about this story and Jayson and Tanya’s marriage.

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‘I slept with a knife under my pillow’, those words are the scary and shocking revelation Tanya Williams made about her husband. For any woman and mother, a violent husband or partner is their worst nightmare and a life threatening reality they live everyday, I myself understand the paranoia my life turned into when I split up with my ex husband. I remember how I used to look inside my car to make sure he wasn’t hiding inside after he once woke up from bed with a knife behind his back threatening to kill me if I left him. I sure put his sorry butt in jail that time and thankfully he has been sober for three years now and is a great father. Just the same thing Tanya hopes for when Jayson comes out on parole after 18 months in jail. We all remember he is serving a five year sentence after he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and reckless manslaughter that ended the life of his 55 year-old limo driver Costas “Gus” Christofi in February 2002.

“I want him to be a great father to my children. I believe that everyone deserves a second chance. And I am willing to give him a second chance to step into my children’s life and be an amazing father to them, despite the fact that I’ve been through a lot – and he knows that I’ve been through a lot – I can’t allow that to stop me from providing my children with a man who I think can be an amazing father.”

43 year-old Jayson Williams played with the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets until his retirement in 2000 at age 32. He and Tanya, also 43, married that same year. During their marriage they welcomed two gorgeous daughters Tryumph (8) and Whizdom (6) . On February 14, 2009 Tanya filed for divorce in a suit that accused him of substance abuse, adultery, abandonment, emotional and physical abuse.

Back in July it was announced that Mrs. Young Williams will be joining the cast of Basketball Wives, not as a regular but making occasional appearances. Tanya is a spokesperson for The National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Photos: Johnny Louis.

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