Like many athletes in the Northeast, Deron Williams was not immune to strange and uncomfortable circumstances during Hurricane Sandy. However, in addition to power failures and no cell reception, the Brooklyn Nets star is convinced he witnessed something even more bizarre in those first darkened hours: a UFO.
In an interview with GQ's Peter Schrager, Williams recounted his Sandy experience. While the story he tells is fairly common -- he complained of no heat and no Twitter -- one detail seemed to stick out from the rest.
From the magazine:
GQ: Was there a particular "New York moment" during the Hurricane? Did you see something that'd made you think, "That'd only happen in this city"?
Well, I don't know if you'd call this a "New York moment", but I definitely saw something I'd never seen before. The night all the power went out, I was standing out on my balcony, looking outside the window. Out of nowhere, I saw this big green flash across the sky. It wasn't lightning. It looked... It looked like a UFO.
GQ: Nice. What was it really?
A UFO. I'm telling you, man.
GQ: You really think it was a UFO?
I don't know, man. I'd never seen anything like that before.
While Williams is certain the flash of light he saw was a UFO, it's very possible it was the explosion at a ConEd substation in New York City, which occurred at about 9 p.m. on Oct. 29 -- a theory supported by several fans on Twitter.
Deron Williams says he saw a UFO during Hurricane Sandy. The "big green flash" hesaw was prob a generator exploding sportsglory.com/profiles/blogs…
— Danielle Hobeika (@dhobeika) November 12, 2012
Deron Williams claims he saw a UFO.. was in actuality the electric station exploding. keep making lay-ups.
— MS-BOSS (@bak3ray) November 10, 2012
Whether or not he saw the beginnings of an alien invasion, Williams said he's prepared to take on any kind of paranormal situation, telling GQ that in the event of a zombie apocalypse, he would choose Nets teammate Reggie Evans to join him in saving humanity.
(Frankly, we're a little surprised Williams wouldn't choose the new Nets mascot, the BrooklyKnight, whose origins in the Marvel Universe would probably better equip him for a zombie invasion than a career journeyman and notorious flopper -- even Evans is considered the dirtiest player in the NBA.)
Neverthless, USA Today's Simon Samano has an alternate theory to Williams UFO claims.
"I'm no astronomer, but my best guess would be Williams saw an aurora? Although I haven't the slightest clue if that phenomenon is even possible in the sky's of New York City," he wrote.