Former NBA player and current ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams told the New York Times in an interview that some of his Chicago Bulls teammates smoked marijuana before games during the 2002-03 season.
"I didn't know how to handle it at first," Williams said, according to the Times report. "I didn't know how to be around it. Guys were on the bench, trying to kick it to girls in the stands, having ball boys run over. I mean, some guys were high."
"There were guys smoking weed before games. Guys asking in the middle of the game, 'Do you smell popcorn?' "
Williams also said players gambled.
"They're playing dice in the back of the plane for money," Williams said. "Like, we just lost by 30 tonight! And we've got a game tomorrow! It bugged me out."
Williams' only season in the NBA was with the 2002-03 Bulls, and he averaged 9.5 points. Williams battled depression and considered suicide following a motorcycle accident in 2013 that ruined his pro career.