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Lou Williams, Nearly Robbed, Bought Thief McDonald’s

Earlier Monday, we shared the story of Lou Williams. The 76ers guard tweeted over the holiday weekend that he was nearly robbed but the gunman spared him because of all the work he does for the community. Williams deleted the tweet, but he elaborated on the story.

“A guy tried to rob me but decided not to because of whatever I do in the community,” Williams told reporters. “He’s a Lou Williams fan, so he didn’t rob me.”

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Williams said he was driving in his car when the man approached, knocked on the driver’s window and had a gun drawn.

“There’s crime everywhere,” said Williams. “I was debating whether to pull off to help the guy. The gun was already out. He did all the talking, and we came up with a solution before i could really say much. I treated him to McDonald’s.”

What a maddening turn of events, huh? I’m just wondering what kind of mugger is open to negotiations. Can you really reason with them? And that’s a pretty good solution too — how bout you buy me a burger from the golden arches and we’ll call it a day, deal? Love it. I guess this is the ultimate example of street cred.

Sixers’ Lou Williams Says Robber Spared Him Because of His Community Work

You know you’re a good person when a robber gives you a break. Normally we think of thieves as people who have no sympathy. If someone is going to physically assault you and take your belongings, they probably don’t have much to lose. If a person is going to rob someone in the street you would expect they’re looking to just get it done quickly before anyone sees them. Apparently the man who approached Sixers forward Lou Williams on Saturday took the time to give his victim a once over.

We already knew Williams was a good sport based on the interview we had with him a few months back, but apparently he has had an effect on some people. It’s one thing to be given an award or receive some sort of recognition by the NBA for your work in the community. It’s another for someone to refrain from taking your money because you’re a good guy. Three cheers for the holiday spirit.

UPDATE: Williams gave more details about the incident.

Lou Williams on His 76ers, Allen Iverson, Doug Collins, Lil Wayne, and the Playoffs

LBS had the pleasure of speaking with Philadelphia 76ers guard and Sixth Man of the Year candidate Lou Williams on Friday. Lou is hosting a bone marrow donor drive April 12th at Temple University in Philadelphia in support of DKMS, the world’s largest bone marrow center. Lou got involved with DKMS after his younger cousin was diagnosed with leukemia. Luckily his cousin found a donor, and now Williams is trying to raise awareness for leukemia and the importance of bone marrow donations.

We talked on Friday about Lou’s recovery from his hamstring injury, what it’s been like having Doug Collins as the team’s new coach, how Allen Iverson was as a teammate, Lou’s rapping interest, the infamous Lil Wayne game, and the upcoming playoffs. We also want to remind everyone they can go to www.getswabbed.org to register as a bone marrow donor. Our conversation follows.

LBS: I know you’ve been dealing with your hamstring injury, how have you been able to stay healthy throughout your career, good fortune, good preparation?

Lou: Has to be good fortune because my diet sucks and I always prepare well, but I would just say good fortune.

LBS: The team obviously lost the game when you got hurt [against the Bucks] and lost two more since then. Coach Doug Collins said afterwards that everyone can see how much the team misses you and how vital you are to the team. How does it make you feel to hear that from your coach?

Lou: It feels good for Coach Collins to have that much confidence in me and feel like I’m a vital part of this team. That’s the type of year and type of team we have with the Sixers. Everybody believes in each other and we’re a good team. We don’t have one superstar player, we need everybody on the same page, we need all our guys in order to win games. It was great to hear him say that and it was great to get that same love from the guy.

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