Former NBA head coach and current assistant coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Monty Williams, lost his wife Ingrid to a car crash that took place Tuesday night. Ingrid, 44, passed away on Wednesday due to injuries sustained in the accident.
The crash occurred after the other driver crossed over the center lane and hit Ingrid’s car head on. Ingrid and Monty have five children together, and three of them were passengers in the accident. One has already been released from the hospital while “the other two are banged up but expected to be OK.”
The Thunder released a statement following the heartbreaking news, saying: “The Thunder organization has heavy hearts tonight with the news of Ingrid’s passing. Words cannot adequately describe how deep our sorrow is for the loss of Monty’s wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with Monty and his family, and we will support him in every way possible. We know the entire community of Oklahoma City has them in their prayers.”
Thunder players and coaches could hardly get any words out when speaking with the media on the matter:
As a former player and beloved figure around the league, many within the NBA extended their condolences and love to Monty Williams. Gregg Popovich was noticeably emotional at his post-game interview, and Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters he was “heartbroken.”
Rivers went on to perfectly sum up how everyone around the NBA is feeling: “This is awful. Obviously our love and support and all that, but sometimes that doesn’t seem fair. There’s no better human being in the world than Monty and Ingrid, and for this to happen, sometimes you question everything, and this is one of those times, for me at least.”