It’s only been a week since Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams lost his wife, Ingrid, in a tragic car accident. In the wake of unspeakable tragedy, it would be more than understood if Williams found it difficult to find the words to eulogize the love of his life. But that’s not what happened at all.
In front of his NBA constituents including Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers, Jeff Van Gundy, Avery Johnson, and Tom Thibodeau, Monty Williams delivered one of the most heartfelt speeches you’ll ever see anywhere. Monty Williams, with the power of his words, showed strength, forgiveness, and a resolve that I’ve never seen anyone display losing somebody that they love.
“Everybody is praying for me and my family, and that is right,” he said before referencing Susannah Donaldson, the driver who hit Williams’ wife and also died in the crash. “But let us not forget that there were two people in this situation, and that family needs prayer as well. And we have no ill will toward that family. In my house, we have a sign that says, ‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.’ We cannot serve the Lord if we don’t have a heart of forgiveness. 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.”
Chris Paul, point guard for the Los Angeles Clippers, went on to say “That’s the most powerful speech I’ve ever heard in my life.”
Watch this incredibly moving speech in the video above.
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