Ex-NBA star Jayson Williams slightly hurt in crash

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NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say former NBA player Jayson Williams was taken to a hospital with minor injuries after his SUV struck a tree in New York City.

The New York Police Department says it appears Williams may have been drinking before the crash at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday on a northbound exit of the FDR Drive. He has not been charged.

Williams was in the passenger seat when officers arrived. But witnesses told police they saw him in the driver’s seat. Officers say no one else was in the car.

The name of his attorney was not immediately on record. Last month, lawyers in New Jersey asked to be removed from his defense against a reckless manslaughter charge stemming from a 2002 shooting. A hearing in the case has been delayed indefinitely.

Williams retired in 2000 after nine seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets.