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Delonte West Goes Off on Twitter Rant, Doesn’t Want to be Media’s Sideshow

Delonte West is my favorite athlete to follow on Twitter for a number of reasons. He’s funny, silly, open, and honest. But sometimes he is too open and honest, and it can get him in trouble.

That’s what happened when he vented late Saturday evening.

West was apparently upset with a question he was asked by the Dallas media following Saturday’s game, and he went off on a Twitter rant. The tweets have been deleted, but they were captured by Mavs Moneyball.

Here is how they appeared (with the profanity edited):

It sounds like West is not living the glorified life of a typical basketball player and he wants people to know that. He also seems to be having trouble finding a place to live, though I did seem him tweet pictures from a really nice apartment/house over the holidays. It’s unclear what the question was that was asked of him, but it’s pretty obvious it bothered him. I also have no idea what prompted his attack on ESPN Miami Heat writer Brian Windhorst, who covered Delonte when the two were in Cleveland.

West is trying to show the public that he is a real person with mental, and other issues, just like the rest of us. His authenticity is what has helped him gain a loyal following, but it’s also going to alienate many others. Rants like this won’t help his image. Neither are words attacking a writer, and West understands that comments like these are better left off Twitter.

UPDATE: Brian Windhorst responded via Twitter “Always felt I treated Delonte with dignity & respect. Never, ever wrote rumors, usually protected him. Like most people who spend time around Delonte, I will him nothing but good health. I hope he’s in a good place. He’s a great player.”

Also See:
Weapons charge keeps West from playing overseas
Delonte gets job working stock room for furniture store
Delonte West buys OJ Simpson-style white Ford Bronco
Delonte West banned from the White House


Around The Web

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L2YFMJ7GUGEK5JZTJRDB6ZXEA4 Kimberick

    why all the hate towards delonte? is it because he refuses to bow down to this racist @ss system? yea, i think so. people must understand that there are certain things that you have to do in order to live like lebron and kobe. delonte just aint the one to be on that gay ish.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJ2H4Q4UHPFA6GXMTF6VKAEUZA Juan El Cubano Promotions

    You should let West borrow your spellchecker!! “Missdaminor”=Misdemeanor, preciatte=appreciate, prolly=probably, and about a dozen more!! lol, and these athletes are supposed to be(postabee) college graduates!! This is why when Their sports career’s are done, and they go through their money, they end up back on the streets!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L2YFMJ7GUGEK5JZTJRDB6ZXEA4 Kimberick

    u sound like one of dem redneck fools. hush ur mouth!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UXIAIW23ZQSA3IKCNQMGR6ANI Nine Vegetable

    I’ve made plenty of “mistakes” in my life, too, as have my friends.  But I, nor any of my friends has ever committed a felony or gone to jail.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L2YFMJ7GUGEK5JZTJRDB6ZXEA4 Kimberick

    i agree with u 110%!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWGPLFOJCYZCPVIS5LD2TBF5KU Kitty

    You should be on  the stage, because your jokes are funny. The circus of a whitehouse was over in 2008. Delonte is far from an upstanding citizen, hell, his grammar just proves where he is from, he doesn’t belong entering the whitehouse.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L2YFMJ7GUGEK5JZTJRDB6ZXEA4 Kimberick

    it’s racist cowards like urself that need an good ol fashioned @ss whipping from a big black guy. eat one u biiiiiooooooottttccchhhhhh!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWGPLFOJCYZCPVIS5LD2TBF5KU Kitty

    Nicely put Jack Handy!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UXIAIW23ZQSA3IKCNQMGR6ANI Nine Vegetable

    I didn’t know autism caused criminal behavior.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QJ7AWKSUTVU4K2LMA3AVGGTHIA Brian Miller

    Liberal guy (tuckerdrew)…get real…..people make choices.  they either do right or wrong and most know the difference.   people can change but it really does not change that he is and will allways be a fellon.  bad guys are bad guys. you must be a bad guy too..looser 

  • Anonymous

    After reading a great many of the post’s, I think I am pretty safe in saying to some of you,  “Go back to school and at least finish the 6th grade”. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWGPLFOJCYZCPVIS5LD2TBF5KU Kitty

    You can always tell a right wing extremist, usually those that preach Obama is the cause of “job-killing policies”. Let’s go back to when we first outsources, Obama was not in the white house. Think back to 1980. So before laying blame on a President that has tried over and over to help the American people, just to have anything he does thrown back at him from this circus of Congress, look at history from the other side.

    America, under the leadership of Republicans, have waged so many wars against other countries, why? Will you honestly say, “Because Democrats don’t have balls to.”, because that is just plain ignorant. Who wants to start a war over oil?! Another countries freedom?! Why waste American money to fight this stuff, no other country in the world will foot the bill for that? None. What about the saying, “He who strikes first, strikes last”, so basically, we attack some Arab country and that’s it? We rebuild it just to do it again. what kind of bullcrap is that, if you haven’t heard, news flash, terrorists have won, Americans are so uptight and your media and government has seen to it that you stay that way.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWGPLFOJCYZCPVIS5LD2TBF5KU Kitty

    lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6FUAZ6RB3CMLXHUZWH7VU4GGH4 Dannette

    Seriously, I don’t even know who this guy is and really couldn’t care less that he’s “banned” from visiting the White House.  I only followed the link because I was curious about what a “twitter rant” looks like, having never been on twitter myself.  But, can I just say, I’m appalled at the low literacy level in this comments section.  Truly appalled.  There are just too many egregious errors to list them all, but please note: the plural of career is NOT “career’s”, but careers.  Our education system has really failed the American people.

  • Anonymous

    BO has decided to govern by dictatorship. And if he has tried to do the right thing, he has failed at that, miserably. The race card is what got him elected; it has been played and laid. If he “was” blonde hair and fair skinned, would you defend him? By the way, who was the last blonde haired president? Hmmm…..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K5WUHEHQ7KKJCEEZSVO7PMQSYE Curtis Smith

    pure ignorance..you should read up before you speak up idiot!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K5WUHEHQ7KKJCEEZSVO7PMQSYE Curtis Smith

    Shut up.. this “ain’t no” college report…get the stick out “ur a**”

  • Jim Krokey
  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SABGSKGDBR4JZQ3EUWW7TVBX2A Psyko

    stupid idiot

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWGPLFOJCYZCPVIS5LD2TBF5KU Kitty

    How was the race card used to elect him?  basically it’s saying that there are more non-white voters than white voters that elected him. Just because his opponent  was basically an idiot, had nothing to do with it. You honestly wanted that short tempered old man and his pet bulldog in office? seriously?  McCain should have chose his VP a little better. Did he get a blowjob from her to join the trail? She talked crap about him even as they campaigned together, wow!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWGPLFOJCYZCPVIS5LD2TBF5KU Kitty

    Visiting a President that has a congress full of retarded old racist,
    you bet he should stay away. Who wants a degenerate criminal in the
    white house anyway, we had one, Bush. (Cocaine, boozing, you know, it’s
    all documented)

    Let’s see what we can come up with about how counterfeit he was:

    * Lost ballads (mainly from black, but anything other than white).

    * Million+ illegal Mexican’s given citizenship for a vote. (also refer back to Regan).

    * Unjustified criminal attacks on other countries. (no proof ever that
    the attacked countries played a role in any terroristic activities in
    the United States, BUT did have control over most the oil wells that
    Americans rely on).

    * Politicized parts of the government that should be nonpartisan (NASA, Justice Department, plus many more).

    * Exposed himself to war crimes but was never charged (By his own
    admission, Bush authorized interrogation practices that are illegal
    under U.S. and international law by ordering prisoners at Guantanamo and
    Abu Ghraib to be tortured). (Now, I see nothing wrong with this to be
    honest, but it’s still a crime the President committed)

    Maybe we should go down the line of Presidents and see what bad and illegal activities, they have done?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWGPLFOJCYZCPVIS5LD2TBF5KU Kitty

    Uncalled for.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWGPLFOJCYZCPVIS5LD2TBF5KU Kitty

    I agree with some of that, does seem like athletes get a better walk than the common person, also if it’s an issue, he seems like one that will play the race card. We keeping him down, even though he was given a free pass to college and makes 9x what I make a year (going off of what I see he is making from the twit, err tweet).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWGPLFOJCYZCPVIS5LD2TBF5KU Kitty

    Yeah, George Bush used cocaine and drank like a fish in college, but for some reason, managed to con a little over half the American people in to allowing this boob a presidential spot.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWGPLFOJCYZCPVIS5LD2TBF5KU Kitty

    All athletes get a free pass.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5F4JVCFIZCY3GYT6AEFSDEZWIU Dee

    Hey yoyoyoyoyomanh….Doesn’t your mother ever wash her smelly crotch?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWGPLFOJCYZCPVIS5LD2TBF5KU Kitty

    Why do I see a Chris Crocker reference here? I see the youtube video now!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWGPLFOJCYZCPVIS5LD2TBF5KU Kitty

    /walks over to Wising up and removes his CaPs lock key then sends him back to 5th grade English class.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWGPLFOJCYZCPVIS5LD2TBF5KU Kitty

    Seriously? The man could have it all, he was HANDED a free pass to college, he was HANDED a spot on a professional basketball team. Can’t blame racist on that unless you’re referring to that racist college fund. What you do with it is on you. To many times, athletes think they are untouchable because they have a few fans and their 15 minutes of glory on TV, most the time, it’s true, especially if you’re used to getting your way, but when you are faced with the evidence and I have seen it WAY to much in this country, let’s blame race. It’s old now, we get it, blacks are mad at something that was not our fault hundreds of years ago.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWGPLFOJCYZCPVIS5LD2TBF5KU Kitty

    I did the same thing, never heard of this guy but seems to be some sort of magical being to cause such an uproar. hehe

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NQ7QYEGGT5QTOYTTJVSMTYIW5E Who Dat

    Seems pretty pathetic that someone can make millions of dollars, and can’t even spell “there”. And for all us dumb jokers out “der”, “missdaminor” and “preciatte” got nothing to do with “riddin” a motorcycle. Please…

  • Anonymous

    Just think, they want to teach Ebonics in school. Better save your money pal.  You are going to need it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QO3JASE3AIQXNU53JC5VSS6P7U Kevin J

    Why are some of you people so brutal taking anonymous swipes you’d never dare doing to his face?  This guy is a human being; try remembering what you were taught in church yesterday.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6VEXEQTD7B4RC4LCA5APTU4PPU Jane

    He got caught up in the “basketball life” of young, suddenly millionaires, who have no idea how to handle the money, hype and esp. the groupies who throw themselves at these young players who, in turn, throw money back at them.  Bad choices lead to big mistakes.  D West is a prime example of how money, fame, if not handled correctly, can take a huge nosedive into a personal hell.   

  • Anonymous

    No guys Jason meant pre-Madonna, as in before the ‘great’ singer from Michigan graced us with her presence. I really didn’t think Delonte was that old, but hey if he is older than that nasty Super Bowl halftime playing skank, then kudos to him for still playing in the NBA.

  • http://twitter.com/angieinar Angie Squires-Carter

    Why should he get to go anyway?  He was a Celtic in the 2011 season, not a Maverick!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UWGPLFOJCYZCPVIS5LD2TBF5KU Kitty

    I think you meant, “a good ole’ fashioned ass whopping”. How was his comment racist? Racist of you to think that all big black guys can fight better than maybe a smaller white guy. Or maybe, James is a big black guy?! What about all the big white guys?

    I see your Cheick Kongo and raise you a Matt Nice. If you have no clue who either are, google it.

    You don’t have to be racist to see that his grammar fits the comment issued. When have you heard a “gangsta” use proper English?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CXSVUIDLGT2JT3DEQQEGX4LBRM Lindy

    Who’s the loser?  I suggest u both look in the mirror!

  • Vance P. Frickey

    How about not embezzling, which is exactly what Barack Obama is doing by taking payroll taxes decreed by law for the support of Medicare and Medicaid and applying them to something else.  Nice try on the personal attack, but that’s a sure sign of educational failure.

  • Vance P. Frickey

    No.  From the beginning, Barack Obama applied Chicago politics to the nation’s government with the result that the health insurance industry has been given a whole new sales force – the Internal Revenue Service.  He wasted an entire legislative year on crap like Obamacare instead of putting badly-needed restraints on Wall Street; then again, Wall Street gave the man several million dollars during his campaign.  If Occupy had been anything but distraction politics, they’d have occupied the White House lawn.

  • Vance P. Frickey

     Better a short-tempered old man who was a war hero than a crook.

  • Vance P. Frickey

    Let’s TALK about outsourcing.  Who gave China most-favored nation trading status?  Bill Clinton.  The Democratic Party has thus directly outsourced more American jobs than any other group.  Not to mention Obama’s appointment of Jeffrey Imhelt as “jobs czar,” which is only slightly less ridiculous than putting Bill Clinton in charge of the National Organization for Women, considering Imhelt’s General Electric has outsourced more jobs than any other company of its size.

  • Vance P. Frickey

    Bush didn’t take my damn money..  Obama did – or will, by 2014.  My money and that of every other American retiree who paid into the Medicare system.  Half of the Medicare fund will be shunted into ObamaCare, and to make up the shortfall, retirees will be denied life-saving care if it’s too expensive and the retiree too old.

  • Vance P. Frickey

    Obama brought himself into the argument.  Judgment calls on who’s allowed into the White House when he himself appointed convicted felon Van Jones to be the “green czar” based not on any renewable energy experience but Jones’ status as a “net root” really show that Delonte West was singled out for exclusion from (as Andrew Jackson called it) “the People’s House.”  Why’s Van Jones allowed in the White House and Delonte West kept out?

  • Vance P. Frickey

    No one’s surprised when a Democrat politician does daffy dust.  That’s the difference between Obama and Bush.  Both admitted to abusing cocaine, but the detractors of each politician pretend their own man hasn’t done a thing while making the most of what the other guy did.  I prefer to judge them on performance.  So far, Bush didn’t swipe any of my retirement payroll taxes.  Obama plans to.  Big difference.