As per The Washington Post, "The district attorney’s office in Brooklyn, N.Y., announced Thursday that 1970s street-ball legend James “Fly” Williams has been charged with being the ringleader of a massive 13-person heroin operation in that borough’s Brownsville neighborhood. Williams is facing 10 felony charges for leading a group that sold 2 million packages of heroin in various Brooklyn neighborhoods over a three-month period. Authorities in New York say they recovered $180,000 in cash and 2 kilograms of heroin."
The flamboyant playground legend from the notorious Brownsville section of Brooklyn played his college ball at Austin Peay in Tennessee, where he averaged nearly 30 points per game over his two seasons from 1972 to 1974, giving birth to perhaps the greatest college sports chant of all-time, “The Fly is open, let’s go Peay!”
Acting DA Gonzalez: Operation distributed 2 million glassines of heroin over 3-month period in Brownsville, Bushwick, Flatbush, Fort Greene. pic.twitter.com/EmV8pCKUZe— Eric Gonzalez (@BrooklynDA) May 4, 2017
Despite his talent, which many who saw him in his prime swear was Kobe-esque, problems with alcohol, drug abuse and a love for the streets destroyed any chance he once may have harbored about playing in the NBA.
Fly has been shot four times, once losing a lung and part of his stomach. He’s also served two stints in prison, for attempted robbery and drug possession.
Some cats just can't leave them streets alone.