Robert Williams denies receiving money at Texas A&M


BOSTON — Boston Celtics rookie big man Robert Williams denied receiving money while playing collegiately at Texas A&M.

Williams’ name came up during testimony Thursday when former financial adviser Marty Blazer alleged that agent Christian Dawkins and Texas A&M assistant Amir Abdul-Rahim sent $11,000 to Williams in July 2017.

"I’ve been saying, never took anything from anybody during my college career,” Williams said while meeting with a small group of reporters after the Celtics’ practice Friday at the Auerbach Center. “Honestly, just trying to focus on these playoffs. I tend to stop social media because it gets to you during playoff time, but, like I said, never took anything from anybody. Hope this goes away as fast possible.”

Williams admitted to being surprised when he first heard about the alleged incident.

"Man, it was just … it comes out. It’s rumors, you know?” said Williams. “But, like I said, I stay as far away from social media as possible. It’s a black hole. So I stay far away from it, focusing on this, expanding my career.”

Williams was asked if players in college should be paid.

"Honestly, not what I’m worried about right now,” said Williams. "Just gotta move forward, filling in the shoes that coach and the team need me to fill in. Get prepared for Milwaukee, doing the best possible.”

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