TALK 'N Text star Kelly Williams is set to leave soon for his native Detroit, Michigan as he tries to deal with a rare blood disorder that has put his PBA career on hold.
Team manager Aboy Castro said Williams will be leaving with his family with hopes of finding a cure for his immune thrombocytopnia purpura, a disease that causes a drop in the platelets in his blood system.
Other than that, there is nothing certain on Williams' basketball career with the Texters, where he is still under contract until the end of the current season in August 31.
Castro said the former league MVP, first diagnosed with the disease in 2009, even declined to talk about his contract, quoting him as saying: "Let's just cross the bridge when we get there."
“Kelly has been lucky enough to have played four more years since 2009. But given his athleticism, he still has to battle through this,” Castro said.
“Actually, medical experts said this is a rare disease for adult males. And it looks like nandiyan pa rin iyan (IDP) sa kanya. It can’t be said if it will go away."
Since Williams was acquired by Talk 'N Text in a trade with Sta. Lucia in 2010, the franchise, through owner Manny V. Pangilinan, has sought the help of medical experts for the player's condition, Castro said.
“We’ve already talked with anybody who knows IDP in the Philippines because through the years, we’ve been helping Kelly out by talking to medical experts through the help of MVP,” Castro told Spin.ph.
To be able to continue his pro career, the 31-year-old high-leaper had to take a certain dosage of steroids every morning and every evening to keep his platelet count at an ideal level, Castro said.
However, Castro said the longer Williams takes steroids, the "greater the chance you see its side effects long-term. Like puwede ma-apektuhan ang organs niya like kidney in the long run.”
“If only his profession is a non-contact sport, wala sanang problema, like if it’s just a regular day job of teaching kids, or he’s working as a professor, but then basketball is a contact sport,' said the Texters manager.
"And for us, life is more important that his career. We’re more concerned with his family and health.”