Former New Jersey Nets player and ex-convict Jayson Williams gave “moral support” to former jail guard union boss Norman Seabrook on Thursday at his retrial for an alleged “kickback” he received for putting union cash into a hedge fund without authorization. “He’s like family to me,” Williams told the New York Daily News. Seabrook is accused of accepting a $60,000 payment for making a $20 million union investment into a “shady hedge fund.” Williams and Seabrook have reportedly known each other for over a decade, with Seabrook helping out with basketball camps Williams used to be involved in. But Williams said Seabrook didn’t help when he was serving time at Rikers Island for driving under the influence. “Could have used some! Son of a bitch,” he said jokingly. Williams also served 27 months in jail for “covering up the accidental shooting death of his limousine driver.” Seabrook’s replacement as union boss, Elias Husamudeen, told the court that he “doubt[s] very seriously” if they will ever “recover any of the $19 million” that was lost in the hedge fund.
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