When Jayson Williams walked into his cell at Mid-State Correctional Facility, the first thing he saw was a Bible. It was open and two verses, Proverbs 30:8-9, were highlighted.

“Remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches—feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God.”

As a former superstar player for the NBA’s New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets, Williams once knew all about riches. He was in the midst of a six-year, $86 million contract in 2000 when a leg injury forced him to retire from the sport he loved. After his playing days, he worked with NBC as an analyst for its NBA broadcasts.

Williams had it all, or so he thought.

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