How Texas-based basketball recruit Mike Williams’ story ended in suicide
Posted On May 26, 2021
Two days after he was dismissed from Baylor for a year, Mike Williams decided he would take his own life, according to the Texas high school coach who knew him.
Williams, who was expected to sign with Texas next week, was a four-star prospect from the state of Texas and was regarded as one of the best basketball prospects in the country at his position.
Williams had a bright future ahead of him, and he had been accepted to the University of Alabama before committing to Baylor, according the coach.
He took his own lives last week.
Williams played four seasons at the University.
He had a standout career as a senior at Fort Worth High School.
He led the Bears in scoring with 18.7 points per game and had a career-high 27 assists.
Williams’ father, Gary Williams, said on Thursday that his son committed suicide because he was “not accepted in his hometown.”
“Mike loved his family and his family was very accepting of him,” Gary Williams said.
“I was shocked and shocked and I was very upset.”
The coach, a former Texas Tech coach, said he had spoken with Williams’ family and that they did not want to comment on the situation.
“He just wanted to commit to his future and he didn’t have any family there,” Gary said.
In a tweet on Friday, Baylor football coach Art Briles said Williams’ father was distraught.
He also shared an emotional statement about Williams’ suicide.
“It’s hard to believe that I’m going to be leaving you tonight, but we all miss you so much,” Briles wrote.
“Mike’s death has taken a tremendous toll on my family.
He will always be a part of my life and we will miss him.
I love you Mike and I will miss you always.
Yours truly, Baylor coach Art Pettybourne On Wednesday, Williams tweeted about wanting to play in the NBA.
He also posted a video of himself and his friend talking about playing together.”
The only thing that hurts more than being away from your friends is being away.
I’m ready for whatever I need to get,” he said.