In connection to a shooting outside of his San Diego home earlier this year, Memphis basketball signee Mikey Williams entered a guilty plea this Thursday. At a San Diego courtroom, Williams pled guilty to a single count of making criminal threats.
Williams initially faced the possibility of around 30 years in prison if convicted of all charges related to the alleged March 27 shooting.
After Thursday’s plea, Williams must finish anger and gun safety courses by the August 12, 2024 sentencing. The successful completion of these courses will downgrade the charge to a misdemeanor.
Mikey Williams at Memphis
Enrolled in online classes at Memphis, Williams remains on the roster. However, he doesn’t have access to team facilities or activities. His status with the program will be determined when the court case is resolved, as stated by the school in late September.
Now, with the majority of his charges dropped, the question arises: will Mikey join the team this season? This remains to be determined by the staff and depends on the completion of those aforementioned courses and 80 hours of community service.
If Mikey were to have to wait until next season, I can see him sticking with the Tigers. Penny Hardaway has had the kid’s back throughout this whole process. Hardaway didn’t have to do this and even received flak over it.
Remarkably, JJ Taylor, who committed with Mikey, has stayed with Memphis despite the ongoing situation.
Statement from Defense Attorney
“Mikey accepted responsibility for his actions. He’s shared with me that he regrets what went down that night, that it would not happen again in the future and he wishes he could change the way things happened. He was an 18-year-old kid and he felt threatened and he responded in an inappropriate manner. But, he accepts what he did as wrong and he vows to move forward.”