Former Kings, Hawks Player Mike Williams Rehabs from Gunshots

In November of 2009, Mike Williams was about to call it quits.

He had done this gig long enough and his money was good. The club in Atlanta where he provided security would not see him any more after this last Thanksgiving weekend. Suddenly, with his back to the action, shots rang out, first one, then three, followed by several more. Big Mike, as he had been known since high school, went down amidst the commotion, he was hit. At that moment, his life was shattered. He was severely wounded, wounds that would only heal with time, tender loving care and multiple operations.

Lying on the floor numb, yet in pain, Williams was pleading for pain relief and instructing the paramedics to make his trip to the hospital a matter of urgency as he sensed the sands of time quickly running out of his hour glass. Big Mike went into a coma for two months and woke up to news that he was paralyzed from the waist down. His mom made the preparations for him to come back home to Chicago.

In December of 2010, my text message buzzer sounded. The message was from a high school alumni association member telling me that Big Mike, (also an alum) was in rehab on the far north side of Chicago recovering from being shot eight times.

By Tony Brooks

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