Monty Williams’ wife, Ingrid Williams, died February 10th after being in a car accident the night before. She is survived by Monty Williams and their five children, among others.
If the story isn’t heartbreaking enough, Williams chose to get up and speak, as many would, at his wife’s funeral which was attended by 900 including many in the NBA. Monty Williams is assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In addition to the entire Thunder organization being at the funeral, many members of the Spurs’ and Clippers’ organizations were there too. This just serves to show the camaraderie present in the league and the depths some will go to show compassion to those in need.
“I’m thankful for all the people who showed up today,” Williams said. “It’s a pretty tough time, not just for me but for all of you as well. I’m mindful of that.
“This is hard for my family, but this will work out. And my wife would punch me if I were to sit up here and whine about what is going on. That doesn’t take away the pain, but it will work out because God causes all things to work out. You just can’t quit; you can’t give in.”
Williams went on to offer prayers for the driver of the other car and her family as she also suffered an untimely death.
“Let us not forget that there were two people in this situation, and that family needs prayer as well,” Williams said. “And we have no ill will toward that family. That family didn’t wake up wanting to hurt my wife. Life is hard — it is very hard — and that was tough. But we hold no ill will toward the Donaldson family.”
Which when you think about it is an unbelievably mature and thoughtful thing to say. Cursing out the other family would’ve been much easier but that’s just not who Monty Williams is. Even when faced with the hardest thing he may ever have to go through, Williams showed his obscenely compassionate nature, which is why so many in the league have come to adore this man, as Stephen A. Smith says in the video.
He is revered around the league and the support he receives in light of his wife’s death will hopefully be overwhelming.