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September 28, 2013 Updates

White, the second-year forward acquired by the 76ers from Houston this offseason, attempted to clear up public misconceptions about his anxiety disorder Friday at the Sixers’ media day proceedings. It was believed White sat out his entire rookie season because of a fear of flying. “Glaring,” White said of the error. “When we went to negotiate my travel arrangements last year with the Rockets, the plan was and always will be from now on in this league is to fly when I have to and drive when I can. That was the plan we had.” Delco Times

White didn’t admit to a full-blown fear, but said he hopes to work out a similar arrangement with the Sixers. He said having the option to drive to games occasionally in an RV last season while with Rio Grande, Houston’s NBADL affiliate, “was really cool.” “It’s a bonus for me to be here, to have a chance, for Sam to take a chance on me again,” White said of Sam Hinkie, the Sixers’ general manager who drafted White as a member of Houston’s front office. “I don’t like to look at it as a second chance or a last chance. I like to look at it as my first chance.” Delco Times

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Sixers forward Royce White, via a statement from his lawyer emailed to Calkins Media and other outlets, on Thursday denied the allegations of an apparent ex-girlfriend that an alleged domestic assault occurred in Texas in June. The office of New York-based Peter R. Ginsberg said the claims by Tania Mehra were from “a terminated and disgruntled former employee of his charitable organization.” “Royce vehemently denies the allegations and is looking forward to a speedy and just resolution of these unfortunate and unfair claims,” the statement said. The Intelligencer

September 4, 2013 Updates

NBA player Royce White -- who famously missed his rookie season with the Houston Rockets due to mental health issues -- is at the center of a criminal investigation in Texas after allegedly beating up his then-girlfriend ... TMZ has learned. We know ... White's ex-girlfriend Tania Mehra -- a Maxim model -- filed a police report on August 30 to report an incident that went down at Royce's Houston-area home back in June. TMZ.com

August 30, 2013 Updates

As for the embattled White, Hinkie answered a question about White’s possible role on the team generically and never mentioned White by name. An NBA source said the Rockets, who dealt him to the Sixers on July 6 along with a second-round pick and Turkish power forward Furkan Aldemir for future considerations and cash, are picking up the $1.7 million salary of White, who has an anxiety disorder and is afraid to fly. That means the Sixers have nothing invested in White — and that the 21-year-old Aldemir was the primary target in the deal, which the source confirmed. Bucks County Courier Times

August 28, 2013 Updates

While things didn’t work out with forward Royce White and the Rockets, the NBA player (traded to Philadelphia in July) will have an everlasting mark in the Bayou City. On Wednesday morning, White announced a partnership with his non-profit organization Anxious Mind’s Inc. and Bee Busy Wellness Center to create the Royce White Institute of Mental Health on the city’s southwest side. The Wellness Center, which is a 17,000-square foot facility that will also have dental and primary care, is located at 6640 W. Bellfort and will open in January 2014. “When I met Royce White a couple of years ago, I knew we would do something special like this,” Bee Busy CEO Normal Mitchell said. “I think it will be a great thing for this community.” Houston Chronicle

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White reiterated that he’s willing to fly on those occasions when traveling on a bus is not realistic. His concern, he said, rests with how his team and the NBA handle situations in which his anxiety disorder prevents him from flying and he misses a game. He believes those situations should be classified as a legitimate medical reason and not an unexcused absence, thus subjecting him to discipline. “The medical people who are in the medical field would advocate that, if I’m having some anxiety issues or some stress issues related to my disorder, that would be considered a medical excuse,” he said. “Obviously there are people who feel otherwise. It’s really complex, but those are the facts.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

What makes this situation so unique is that it involves mental health. By nature, professional athletes are conditioned to conceal any perceived weakness or vulnerability. Here is an NBA player acknowledging a mental disorder that occasionally impacts his ability to function. “A player like myself will never be fully supported the way they need to be until the NBA steps in and makes it a priority,” he said. “That means you have to actually go and do the work. You have to bring the coaches up to speed on what mental health is all about and what we know about it today. We have seminars at the beginning of each rookie season about drugs and alcohol abuse and money management [but] not mental health. It’s a big gap and a lot of stigma to the topic.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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