In August a woman came forward with claims that retired NBA player Eric Williams, husband of reality show Basketball Wives cast member Jennifer Williams, was the father of her son. Eric Williams spoke to Gawker.TV, this is what he said.
What do you wish people knew about you?
I'm just misunderstood. I kept myself quiet and reserved in the first year of Basketball Wives. Its almost like okay how do they want to portray me, whether me personally care or not. I think we got into some male bashing, not quite, but it was damn near close.
What do you think of the generally negative perception of the American athlete?
That's a bunch of crap. Guys don't make it to the [professional] level being an asshole. Everyone's got an opinion and everyone's entitled to his or her opinion. My thing was always to try to be as positive as I possibly can. Did I make mistakes? I'm not the only one out here who is a man in a hot position that commits some kind of mistake or adultery. Everyone is afraid of that word, adultery, but I'm not.
Do you regret the mistakes you made?
I ain't the first and I ain't the last. I'm just what's going on right now. I will admit it though, I have had infidelities in my life. I did certain things and I reacted instinctively without thinking, that's what men do sometimes. Cheating is not new to me or anybody out there, it's juts relevant right now because of a show that became really popular in the black community.
Do you think the editing made you look worse than you actually are?
I am nothing but passion. If people know what passion really looks like, and they can look at me. I'm not a part of the production; they don't come to me with what to do. Nowadays people only know what they see which is unfortunate. They're blind to that TV. I hear someone say you know on TV they perceive you to be a mean individual. I'm not here to start a fight, anymore. I was in the midst of a situation and I felt like we shouldn't have been on TV at all.
Was it painful to have your marital problems aired in such a public way?
It happened, and it was what it was. But you've got people whispering in you ear, you're looking at like what's going to happen after [the show]. I made bad decisions in that infidelity happened. You learn from your mistakes, and then you grow and you move on. That's the only way I'm able to function.
What are you really all about?
Making ideas that I come up with come to life. As far as recognition from the outside world, I'm not looking for it. Anything that I ever do, I always looking at it universally, always to benefit others.
Even in the case of me portraying my infidelity — I still support Jennifer in everything she does. I support her in what she wants to do. She's the one who wanted to do this show. People don't really understand my personality. People are judging me based on a show that's a bunch of fabrications. My stuff is real, but if you build a story around an individual to make him a bad guy. That's what the masses of people are saying, that's what it's perceived.
If the world hates me, I know the universe loves me.
What do you have to say about the allegations that you have a child from a women who you cheated on your wife with?
It's funny how that stuff like that will break out when a show needs some more press. They just ironically had that break out to give it momentum. You have to understand the process to the game. Do your homework, there's information that'll prove it. I mean that's the thing, it's not for me to defend. I'm not here to defend my honor over some speculations, my situation is that show is the real situation. People are making a clown of it. Why would I think I need to give a proclamation to the world? That's the way they played it.
Meredith Fineman writes Fifty First (J)Dates, a somewhat humorous dating blog that chronicles her endless pursuit for a Jewish gentleman caller, the philosophy behind jeggings, and why Boo the dog should be Speaker of the House. Follow here on Twitter here.