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Lou Williams confronted by gunman, buys him meal

Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:45 am
Posted by Ben Golliverlou-will-small

Philadelphia 76ers reserve guard Lou Williams has crafted a reputation for himself as a gunslinger. On Monday night, for example, Williams hit for 25 points, including three impressive 3-pointers, while taking 17 shots and dishing two assists in a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers

This week, though, Williams found himself on the other end of a real barrel.

On Saturday, Williams posted a cryptic message on Twitter. "Almost got robbed today," Williams wrote. "But homie said he recognized me and the good I've done for his hood so that made him change his mind. Wow."

On Monday, Williams explained the situation in greater detail to the Philadelphia Daily News, saying that he was confronted by a man who tapped on his car's window with a gun.
"A guy tried to rob me but decided not to because of whatever I do in the community," said Williams. "He's a Lou Williams fan, so he didn't rob me."

"There's crime everywhere," said Williams. "I was debating whether to pull off to help the guy. The gun was already out. He did all the talking, and we came up with a solution before i could really say much. I treated him to McDonald's."
Williams, 25, is in his seventh year with the 76ers. Williams runs the Louis Williams Foundation and threw a charity game during the lockout. The foundation runs an annual basketball clinic, supports an AAU team and sponsors a father and son field day.

All's well that ends well, and Williams is amazingly nonchalant about what was surely a terrifying situation. The story serves as a reminder that NBA players are both targets of violence and community agents of change every time they step in public. That's a tough balancing act that faces every professional athlete. In the most precarious of situations, Williams walked the tightrope perfectly.

Hat tip: Ball Don't Lie

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:11 pm

Lou Williams confronted by gunman, buys him meal

So the gunman is still walking the streets? No police report filed with the description of the gunman? Are we going to read next about the non-NBA player that he pulls the gun on and kills? Something's not right with this story!

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:32 pm

Lou Williams confronted by gunman, buys him meal

It is great to hear a positive story come out of the NBA.  After the lockout, the posturing, the continued machismo, drugs, guns (held by NBA players), etc., this refreshing story is like a glass of cold water on a August day in the desert.  Williams created some credibility for himself as well as the NBA.  His compassion and humility in this situation is a reminder that, while being a celebrity can be dangerous, there is no reason to be offensive, degrading or arrogant.  Congratulations Lou Williams, you are a man of courage and honor.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:51 pm

Lou Williams confronted by gunman, buys him meal

One of those 'bigger than the moment' kind of things. It's a touching story, but at the same time it begs a bevy of questions for me.  None of it has to do with Lou Williams specifically.  Kudos to him for showing compassion in a cold, cold world.  I assume this compassion was coupled with guile and an 'on the fly' sequence to ensure that he left the situation alive and unharmed.  I could see myself having the same exact sequence of steps if I were in his shoes.

Unfortunately my shoes are a very different size and style as I'm a 'nobody', so I would have more than likely ended up as a statistic, whether it be just the robbery, or worse.  That's what worries me....this cat is robbing people at gunpoint.  There's no reason to believe that it won't happen again.  Did Lou have an obligation once out of harms way to try and contact police to arrest this guy?  I dunno, I can dig the 'mini-stockholm syndrome' that could take place in this situation, so like I say I'm not bagging on Lou. I'm just bringing it up as a thought.  In hindsight, is it of concern that some dude with a gun that actively robs people with it is still out and about, and you did nothing more about that then provide him a meal?  Again, at the end of the day Lou got himself out of a dangerous situation and showed some compassion for the guy and I can dig that. But still.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:48 pm

Lou Williams confronted by gunman, buys him meal

"Nice" restaurants are not for everybody, I remember the first time I went to somewhere swanky I was self conscious the entire time.  Williams probably said let me buy you lunch, where do you want to go and the guy said McDonalds.  Face it, there are quite a few people out there who think places like Taco Bell and Applebys is the bomb.  Watch this story turn into one of those to be continued kind of things as I bet the gunman winds up getting an offer to work for the foundation, bolstering Williams street cred that much higher and legitimizing the charity in the eyes of the community.  Or not, maybe the gunman tries to rob someone tonight and gets plugged by someone exercising their Second Amendment rights, we'll see.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:31 pm

Lou Williams confronted by gunman, buys him meal

I give him credit for being legit and still having so called street credentials. Sure he probably could have taken him somewhere nicer but maybe the guy didnt want that, maybe he just wanted to get a Big Mac. Not all the tattoo wearing, nice car buying, black people who have money are thugs or selfish like many ignorant people think. I have a ton of respect for someone who could have take this guys life but gave him credit for his "hood" not him and turned a potentially bad situation into a feel good story. 

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:41 am

Lou Williams confronted by gunman, buys him meal

Lol you'd be giving him more than McDonald if you took that attitude while he had drawn down on you. Good job living up to your "name" redneck =0

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:18 am

Lou Williams confronted by gunman, buys him meal

Obviously no of you have been held up by gun point the role, listen to what someone with a gun pointed at your face says and live to talk about it!

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:14 am
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Since: Jul 4, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:55 am

Lou Williams confronted by gunman, buys him meal

I call BS
Because you're AN IDIOT!!!!

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:30 am
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