Monty Williams’ speech at his wife’s funeral has taken the Internet by storm because of its inspiring message.
The Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach didn’t just pray for his wife’s afterlife at the service but, more importantly, also for the person who killed her in a car accident and also died.
"This is hard for my family, but this will work out,” Williams stated. “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 Williams, who was 44, was killed in a car accident Feb. 9. Her car was hit by another SUV driven by Susannah Donaldson.
"Let us not forget that there were two people in this situation, and that family needs prayer as well," Williams added. "And we have no ill will toward that family. That family didn't wake up wanting to hurt my wife. Life is hard — it is very hard — and that was tough. But we hold no ill will toward the Donaldson family."
Williams is known to have long-lasting relationships with his colleagues and players. In 2014, he welcomed a distraught Ryan Anderson to his home after Anderson's girlfriend, Gia Allemand, committed suicide.
“For me, I felt like no one could relate to me. There was no way anyone could understand what I was going through. But this was the perfect person to be there for me, put her arm around me and tell me this isn't something you are going to understand and it's OK to feel the way that you are feeling,” Anderson told The Oklahoman of Ingrid.
Soon after Williams’ speech made its way to the Internet, people reacted with support and appreciation for his words:
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
Monty Williams is someone I want to grow up to be like someday. I do not take losses well and it takes quite a BIG MAN to do so Salute Monty— Ziplok (@Ziplok_) February 19, 2016
The spiritual strength with which Monty Williams spoke today at his wife's funeral brought tears to my eyes. God bless him and his 5 kids.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 19, 2016
Man, I just saw Monty Williams' speech at his wife's funeral. Outstanding. What a strong brother! Let's all learn from his words & example.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 19, 2016
Monty Williams speech at his wife's funeral, straight up powerful. That is one strong dude. Impressive— @GoldenBoyWins (@GoldenBoyWins) February 19, 2016
If you didn't see what TNT just played from Monty Williams, find it. It will change the way you think about faith. The guy just gets it.— John Ireland (@LAIreland) February 19, 2016