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March 30 - April 5, 2001

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Williams Says Sorry for Racist Slurs

NBA star Jason Williams, point guard for the Sacramento Kings.
By Associated Press

Sacramento Kings guard Jason Williams apologized on March 23 for allegedly yelling slurs about Asians and gays during a verbal confrontation with fans.

“I did not intend any disrespect to the Asian community or any other community,” Williams said in a written statement. “I was wrong and I apologize.”

Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof met with Williams on Friday. The team issued a statement saying Williams issued his apology at that meeting.

According to a letter sent to NBA commissioner David Stern by Golden State Warriors season ticket-holder Michael Ching, Williams made the comments to jeering fans while sitting on the Kings’ bench during a Feb. 28 game in Oakland, Calif.

The letter claimed that Williams directed the slurs toward two Asian men and a white man sitting with a Vietnamese woman.

Using an expletive, he said, “Do you remember the Vietnam War? I’ll kill y’all just like that,” according to the letter. The letter also said Williams pretended to shoot a machine gun at the fans.

Williams has been fined $15,000 for “directing profanity toward fans.”

Williams is a native of East Bank, W.Va.. He played at Dupont High and later at Marshall.

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