Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams gave a powerful eulogy for his wife on Thursday. Ingrid Williams, 44, died on Feb. 10 from injuries she suffered in a car accident.
Every player and staff member from the Thunder attended the funeral, as well as others from around the NBA. Just a little over a week after his wife was killed. Williams, a devout Christian, assured those in attendance that he would get through this difficult time.
"This is hard for my family, but this will work out,” Williams said. “And my wife would punch me if I were to sit up here and whine about what is going on. That doesn't take away the pain, but it will work out because God causes all things to work out. You just can't quit; you can't give in."
Ingrid died after she was involved in a head-on collision with a vehicle that was reportedly driving 92 miles per hours in a 45 MPH zone. Susannah Donaldson, who was operating the speeding vehicle, also died in the crash.
Williams, who has five children, said that he forgave Donaldson, offering his condolences to her family.
“That family didn’t wake up wanting to hurt my wife. Life is hard. Life is very hard. And that was tough. But we hold no ill will towards the Donaldson family. And we, as a group, brothers united in unity, should be praying for that family, because they grieve as well. ”
NBA players who couldn't make the funeral offered their condolences to Williams and his family on social media.
Monty Williams you're incredible man! Very powerful and strong! So moving watching you. May she continue to live in Paradise and thank you!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 19, 2016
Chris Paul on Monty Williams' speech: "That's the most powerful speech I've ever heard in my life."
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) February 19, 2016