Jayson Williams, the former NBA player who served a 27-month prison sentence for his involvement in the accidental shooting and death of a limousine driver in 2002, launched the Rebound Institute to help combat addiction. According to the private addiction, treatment and wellness center’s website, it utilizes “evidence-based therapeutic methods as well as holistic care, massage, dual diagnosis care, fellowship groups, physical exercise programs, dietician and nutritionist services, and adventure therapy to help individuals reconnect with nature and their own physical selves.”
The baller joined DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne The God on this morning’s episode of The Breakfast Club to discuss the Rebound Institute, as well as his battles with alcoholism, thoughts of suicide and the epic $90 million contract he scored while playing for the New Jersey Nets.
His battles with addiction, paired with some advice from NBA pals like the legendary Charles Oakley helped to persuade Williams to start the Rebound Institute. The rehabilitation facility, where he is both owner and patient at, is located in Palm Beach Shores, Florida, and houses patients or teammates, as he rather refer to them as, for a 45-day stay that aims to bring about positive results.
Plagued with alcoholism since his days on the court, Williams urged for those dealing with addiction to seek out help immediately. Speaking on his personal struggles, he had this to say, “I have a disease that tells me that I don’t have a disease.”
The 1998 NBA All-Star, who led the league in rebounds at one point, also touched on how the the six-year, $90 million contract he signed with New Jersey Nets in the late ‘90s was the result of him altering him game. Not long after signing the multimillion-dollar deal, Williams received a career-ending injury. He partially credits the knee injury with fueling his issues with alcohol, as well as identifies it as the moment where his life began “falling apart.”
Check out Jayson Williams’ full interview with The Breakfast Club below. If interested in learning more about the Rebound Institute visit here.