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Ex-Nets star, in spotlight after driver's death, wrote that he nearly shot Jets player

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ Former NBA star Jayson Williams, who owns the mansion where a limousine driver was fatally shot last week, wrote in a 2000 book that he once nearly shot a pro football player at the estate.

The passage from the book ``Loose Balls'' drew attention a day after an autopsy found that the limo driver, 55-year-old Costas Christofi, did not kill himself.

Christofi was found dead Feb. 14 in a bedroom at Williams' Alexandria Township home with a shotgun wound to his chest.

Authorities have not said who was holding the gun when it went off. Williams' lawyer has denied published reports quoting unnamed sources who said Williams was spinning a gun around during a tour of his home and it accidentally discharged, striking Christofi.

In ``Loose Balls,'' Williams said he almost shot New York Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet while they took target practice along with New York Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn, The New York Post reported Thursday. It was not clear when the incident took place.

``We were taking turns shooting the .50-caliber Desert Eagle, the most powerful handgun in the world,'' the newspaper quoted Williams as writing. It said Williams got distracted and turned around while firing the gun.

``What I didn't realize was that Wayne (Chrebet) was right in front of me, kneeling down to pick up one of the cartridges,'' Williams wrote. ``So when I fired the gun, it must have been just a few inches from Wayne's face, 'cause the noise knocked him out cold.''

Williams, who retired as a player in 2000 and now works as an NBC studio analyst, also wrote that Sehorn ran inside the house in fear.

Williams' lawyer has denied his client was involved in ``any horseplay with a gun'' in Christofi's death.

Williams had hired Christofi to take friends from a charity sporting event featuring the Harlem Globetrotters in Bethlehem, Pa., to a restaurant, and then to Williams' home, about 30 miles northwest of Trenton.

Hunterdon County medical examiner Steven Diamond said Wednesday that the driver died from a gunshot ``at intermediate range.'' The death is officially listed as a homicide, a legal term that does not indicate whether a death was accidental or intentional.

Diamond was still waiting for toxicology results and declined to discuss the angle of the wound or whether there was any appearance of a struggle.

Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Steven C. Lember has not said whether charges will be filed.

Lember would not say whether Williams has spoken with investigators.

Meanwhile, about 60 mourners walked past Christofi's closed coffin at a funeral service at Piscataway's St. George Greek Orthodox Church.

``A spirit of repentance is the most important quality for any Christian to have,'' the Rev. John Theodosion told mourners. Christofi, a convicted burglar, had overcome a drug addiction.
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