Ingrid Williams, Monty’s wife, was killed in a car accident Feb. 9th at the age of 44.
Monty Williams was an NBA first-round pick despite a pre-existing heart condition. He was selected by the New York Knicks in the first round (24th overall) of the 1994 NBA draft. Williams played in 9 NBA seasons from 1994 to 2003. He played for the Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers.
The former New Orleans Pelicans head coach and the current Oklahoma City Thunder Assistant Head Coach is deeply inspiring, and he preached faith and forgiveness during the service.
Here’s that powerful statement of Williams that will move anybody’s soul:
I want to close with this, and I think it’s the most important thing we need to understand. Everyone is praying for me and my family, which is right, but let us not forget that there were two people in this situation. And that family needs prayer as well, and we have no ill will towards that family. In my house, we have a sign that says, ‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’
We cannot serve the Lord if we don’t have a heart of forgiveness. 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. And we, as a group, brothers united in unity, should be praying for that family because they grieve as well. So let’s not lose sight of what’s important.
As noted by ESPN, there were several NBA players and coaches in attendance, including Chris Paul, Doc Rivers, Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan and all of the Thunder.
Watch Monty’s Inspiring Eulogy Here: