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About Jay Williams - Detail Info About Former NBA Professional With Pictures

Published Sun Oct 18 2020 By pratikshya
About Jay Williams - Detail Info About Former NBA Professional With Pictures

Jay Williams is popularly known as an American former professional basketball player who represents for Chicago Bulls in the NBA. He is also a media presenter like CBS College Sports Network and Fox Sports Radio 99.9.

His date of birth and place is on September 20, 1981, in Plainfield, New Jersey, in the United States of America. He was born to parents David and Althea Williams and holds an American nationality.

Scroll up to know 10 amazing facts about Williams.

What's His Net Worth?

Jay Williams has an estimated net worth of $5 million. He earned a huge amount from his profession as a basketball and sports analyst. He started his basketball career in his childhood but in 1991, he played the first tournament for McDonald's All American Game. 

From the Chicago Bulls, he received $3 million as a waiver. Beings a commentator and sports analyst his yearly salary of $ 106,080 which is also one of a source of income. 

Wife: Nikki Bonacorsi

After staying a long time single Williams met Nikki Bonacorsi, a former soccer player, and has been involved in multiple organizations. On the date of December 24, 2017, Jay proposed Banacorsi. 

Finally, the pair tied a knot on 3 May 2018. They attended a reveal party for their baby to be expecting in October 2018 at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. The couples are seen attending award shows and events together. 

A wedding picture of Jay Williams and Nikki Bonacorsi. 
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Relationship with Former Girlfriend 

Before marrying Bonacorsi, the former basketball player Williams was dating Charissa Thompson. His ex-girlfriend is the television host and sportscaster of Fox Sports 1. 

They first met in the World Wide Leader in 2011. Even, they co-hosted "Number Never Lie" and "ESPN First Take" which make them more closer. Unfortunately, their relationship couldn't long last, and breakup in 2014. 

Jay Williams with his ex-girlfriend Charissa Thompson.
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Father of Star Daughter 

Jay Williams is the loving father of his daughter Amelia Brooklyn- Rose Williams who was born on October 10, 2018. His daughter is a child model for a band like Anglo- American footwear and apparel company, Reebok. She usually appeared with her father on his social media account. 

First birthday celebration picture of Amelia Brooklyn- Rose Williams. 
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Short-Span Basketball Career 

Very few people can make out the dream come true and Jay Williams is one of them. Since his school life, he started playing basketball and made it a remarkable achievement. 

In, 2001, William led the team NCAA National Championship and honors with NABC Player of the year. He had a bright future as a professional basketball player and even selected by the Chicago Bulls but could not continue more than a year. 

Jay Williams playing for Chicago Bulls and Duke Blue Devil's Men Basketball.
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An Accident shatters a Dream

The reason behind the shatter of Jay's dream was a motorcycle accident in 2003. He was riding his Yamaha R6 in northern Chicago and hit a streetlight without wearing a helmet. He got very serious injuries of dislocation of the ligament in his knee, fractured pelvis, and severed a main nerve in his leg. After the accident, he tries to resume his basketball career, but couldn't able to complete it. 

Motivational Speaker and Analyst 

An accident affects Williams not only physically but also mentally. Then, he chooses to become the spokesperson of Vision Federal Credit Union and done many motivational speaking programs. He also worked as an analyst on CBS College Sports Network. 


Aside from basketball player, he released his autobiography named 'Life is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention'. The book is all about how Williams rise to NBA stardom, the terrible accident that ended his career, and plunged him into a life-altering depression, and how he ultimately found his way out of the darkness. 

Autobiography 'Life Life is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention'. 
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Awards and Achievements 

ESPN host is honored and awarded several times for his success. During his college at Duke University, he maintains a double-score average, for which he received the ACC Rookie of the Year. In 2001, the National Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News. Likewise, he has received Naismith Awards, Wooden Award in 2002, All-State Player in New Jersey, Parade All- American, and many more.

Social Media 

Jay Williams has a huge fan following on his social media account. He has 433k plus followers on Instagram and Twitter with over 640.2K followers. Both of his social media account usernames are @RealJayWilliams. 

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