NBA Rumor: Delonte West Issues

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“Delonte West is just like anyone else that probably has some deep-rooted issues that have never been dealt with, ya know? Putting on a basketball uniform and being successful, that just covers up everything that happens to a person.” Strawberry continued … “It reflects back to when he was probably young somewhere, some kinda trauma, abuse or something affected him and it can leave you crippled and paralyzed. So, no one signs up to be in that situation he is. I didn’t sign up to be in that situation.”

Finally, he snapped out of his malaise. Still in his drenched game uniform, West opted to skip his shower and started putting on his dress clothes for the bus. We waited for West to talk to the media, and he began speaking as he dressed without showering. He was apologetic and regretful about his mistakes. West needed emotional support, but he didn’t receive any, not on this professional level where there is little sympathy for millionaires who lose difficult games. Wally Szczerbiak, a Sonics teammate who came over to Seattle from Boston, looked at me and said, “You see what the [berating] coaching does to him?”

Police said in a statement Tuesday afternoon that they responded to a call about a fight near the MGM National Harbor casino, located just across the border from Washington. When officers arrived, they saw a man bleeding from the face and “made the decision to handcuff” West. Police said they learned that West and the second man knew each other and that they had argued earlier that morning. The men refused medical treatment and refused to press charges, police said.

Former teammate Jameer Nelson is one of many people who have witnessed West’s post-career distress and offered help. The National Basketball Players Association has maintained close contact with West and made itself available as a resource. His college coach at Saint Joseph, Phil Martelli, and West’s former player agent, Noah Croom, have been in communication with each other — and West — about providing him support. The same can be said for the Celtics and Mavericks. Both Boston GM Danny Ainge and Dallas owner Mark Cuban have been in direct contact at various points, according to those close to West.

After finding out that an officer recorded a video circulating on social media showing a former NBA player in handcuffs, police in Prince George’s County, Maryland, are investigating how and why the video was released. The person in the video is Delonte West. West played for the Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks. The officer who took the video has been suspended as police conduct an internal investigation.

An agitated Delonte West was captured discussing an alleged altercation. The person who posted the clip of the former NBA player to social media, Twitter user @damani_givens, told Complex that the video was taken in Washington D.C. West appears to be saying that someone approached him with a gun as he was walking down the street. However, when he was asked further detail about his account of the incident, Delonte repeatedly said “I don’t give a fuck” twice before ranting about something that’s difficult to understand.

Delonte West is actively working on an NBA comeback — so says his mother, who tells TMZ Sports her son is getting his life back together after a string of troubling setbacks. The NBA community became concerned for West after pictures surfaced showing the 32-year-old looking disheveled in Texas … and apparently begging for change in Maryland. Delphina Addison says her son has had some mental health issues recently — but he’s back on his medication and in a good place. “He is working toward coming back to the NBA. He has been working out and that’s where he’s at as of now.”

He also dismissed suggestions his brother’s erratic behavior was fueled by drugs or alcohol. ‘Delonte West is not crazy, he is not on drugs,’ insisted construction boss Dmitri, 33. ‘As far as I know, my brother was suffering from bipolar disorder. ‘I don’t know what exactly is going on in his mind but I can tell you that he is safe and he’s doing OK. My family are trying to get him the best professional help that’s out there, the best that they can afford. ‘You can’t put this down to the basketball or money. He is in a great place, he has a beautiful son, a beautiful daughter and a wife that loves him and gives him tremendous support.
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September 28, 2021 | 5:08 am EDT Update