It's altogether unlike a Duke man to casually rat out his peers in the name of good living. But Jay Williams did it anyway, in Saturday's New York Times. Recall the motivation for yesterday's ranked, underexplained list of Bulls most likely to toke up before games:
Asked to clarify, Williams said: "There were guys smoking weed before games. Guys asking in the middle of the game, ‘Do you smell popcorn?' "
The rest of the 2002-03 Bulls are not happy about Williams's allegations, reports K.C. Johnson in the Chicago Tribune:
"I like Jay, but when you make blanket statements, you incriminate everyone," said Rick Brunson, currently a Bobcats assistant coach. "You have to look in the mirror first: 'Did I contribute to some of those things?' Your career didn't go the way it should've gone. Let it go. You're doing a great job on ESPN. You should be honored and blessed the Bulls paid you."
"My thing is, why say these things now?" said Donyell Marshall, one of the team leaders from 2002-03. "You don't need to be making people assume. You're messing up situations for other people. Now, instead of Fred (Hoiberg, coach of Iowa State) focusing on the NCAA tournament or whatever, he's got to deal with that (crap)."
Johnson reports that Marshall, Brunson, and four other unnamed members of that Bulls squad denied smoking before games. He doesn't, though, mention any communication with Fred Hoiberg. So, just to make sure Fred deals with that shit, we've put in a call and an email to Iowa State about these very serious allegations. We'll update when we hear back.
Several ex-Bulls take exception to Williams' comments [Chicago Tribune]