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Royce White
Royce White
Position: None
Born: 04/10/91
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:270 lbs. / 122.5 kg.
Royce White left the NBA three years ago amid demands for a better mental health initiative from the league. Today, playing basketball in Canada, he speaks bluntly about mental illness and salts his conversation with colorful metaphors and off-color language. “It’s not about the NBA,” he says. “If (expletive) WalMart didn’t have a (reasonable mental health) policy, I would have done the same thing there, too.”
His well-publicized battle with the NBA over its lack of empathy, understanding and failure to install protections and services for those with mental illness, led him to leave the league. He left millions on the table but says he doesn’t regret it. “F— the NBA, f — the money,” White said. “They want to go to perpetuate the idea that the (team) owners own the game and that money and profit are the pinnacle, or that position of power is the pinnacle. “But you can’t escape the human condition with money. My generation knows that. “They (the NBA) should regret the route they took. Regret is deep and it doesn’t have to be acknowledged to have it. Even if David Stern (former NBA commissioner) won’t come out publicly and say we regret the route we took, you have to sleep with yourself at night. Everything isn’t about the front of the podium or the interview or draft night. You have to sleep with yourself.”
“As a global brand, the NBA knows the power of marketing. They knew if they labelled me a troublemaker and a kid who couldn’t fly, people would latch onto it. It would be easy to retain that Royce is too weak to play in our league. It was 100 per cent intentional and done at the highest tables in the league. “Not only because I took them on, but because I had an advantage point. Mental health and human welfare is on the other end of the scale to what their business is fundamentally built on, and that’s human exploitation. “You think they were going to give me $200 million and let me use that money or that notoriety to push the human welfare initiative? You think they were going to let me gain such a market value that now (athletic wear-maker) Nike comes and they sign me to a 10-year, $200-million deal like they are doing to these other guys?”