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Jailed former star becomes 'The Moses of Rikers'

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09:52 AM ET 01.29 | Jailed basketball star Jayson Williams has transformed himself into a churchgoing mentor to other prisoners at Rikers Island - earning him the nickname "The Moses of Rikers." Christopher Hughes, who was incarcerated at Rikers for 100 days with the former New Jersey Net, tells us the baller is beloved by all behind bars with him, from crackheads to gangbangers.

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January 29, 2012  10:34 AM ET
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Agreed. Maybe teach young guys how to stay on track.

Maybe Jayson will continue to be a positive role model for young men that have given up. He has the resources to do whatever his fellow man needs. I give $5 to the dudes along the highway when I can to get them a meal, hopefully. Hoping they aren't buying alcohol or drugs with my generosity.

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January 29, 2012  11:01 AM ET

How Did You Go From Ruckers To Rikers, Bro?

January 29, 2012  11:03 AM ET

After all he's been through, what has Christ done to go to jail? He obviously lives there because that seems to be where everyone finds him. I kind of think freedom will show us the same Jayson Williams that went to jail in the 1st place

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January 29, 2012  11:46 AM ET

Oh Jayson "Shotgun" Williams. Had you not been playing with that gun and you and your friends tried not to cover up what happend. You might not be where you are today.

And religion in jails and prisons are nothing but a joke. I killed a person and found God behind bars. What else are your going to do behind bars but wait until your time is up?

January 29, 2012  12:25 PM ET

Just how it is all true and he can turn himself around. Maybe he'll learn, or maybe he won't.

January 29, 2012  01:33 PM ET

Guilty of a D.U.I. , guilty for smashing a beer mug over a patrons head in a bar, guilty of firing a semi-automatic weapon in the Meadowlands parking lot, guilty of murder, guilty of attempting to cover up the murder.....he deserves a lifetime behind bars.

January 29, 2012  01:39 PM ET
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Oh Jayson "Shotgun" Williams. Had you not been playing with that gun and you and your friends tried not to cover up what happend. You might not be where you are today. And religion in jails and prisons are nothing but a joke. I killed a person and found God behind bars. What else are your going to do behind bars but wait until your time is up?

A very small percentage of people that go to jail find religion. The ones that use it as a tactic just to convince parole boards to let them out are normally career criminals. He was playing with a gun and killed someone nothing intentional but you gotta pay for what you did. Probably would not had to go to jail if not for the attempted coverup and lies. Hardly a career criminal.

Most people find religion when times are bad. Whether it's in jail, on drugs/alcohol, broke or homeless.

January 29, 2012  02:02 PM ET

I remember him as a commentator and the guy has magnetic personality. I hope when he gets out he turns his life around.

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January 30, 2012  10:15 AM ET

You have to involve yourself with doing something in prison, it's good to hear he's making changes to his life. This dude got caught up in a life style that allowed and sometimes stupid things consumes.

I always thought Jason was a good guy; he went down tough street and strange things happen. I know he did not see prison ever happening to him because of the high place he was, but thing happen; a rise and fall type of story. The last thing I remembered about Jason; he was doing basketball commentations and then the bad luck happened.

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