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/_V2VKCVNAS2ML3PMOC44XBXBWV4 deadoaks

    typical thug.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HBMHDXAFSMERE5N6MIQZTQQORI higheagle

    It seems to me that Delonte has done a remarkable job with his life considering a poor upbringing ‘n being afflicted with autism… he’s not just a good player, but a great one! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CBXL7QK6TSRKFZLLZYMKNLR4OE Vato

    Great basketball player, horrible human. What’s more important?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Spillane/100000120480907 Jason Spillane

     Quick lets think of another cop out to justify another ridiculous pre-madonna cry baby athlete.  If I said 1/10 that I would be fired from my job and labeled a racist. Oh yeah Im sorry he had a rough upbringing boooooooo hooooooo

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YHD2U3NARCKEWPCYQXUHYIFUJU j j



  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_67DYT3ICLBG6HH6BYKF2EXYBXI Aaron

    DWest is just another person playing the pitty card. Oh woo is me making the wrong decisions in life and making it all about his troubled life when he could of made it RIGHT when he started making millions. Grow up son.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z7TX4CC6FGSWUUBMTMJLCLHW4Y Jenna Smith

    Some outstanding criminal president Obama has become! And he sleeps there almost every night! Delonte West is to good of a person for the trashy White House!

  • Anonymous

    So… what exactly is he saying in these tweets? Anyone?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WPOG6IKT336MLMKK2MUNI5UYPU Ray

    Don’t you have a car you should be breaking into?

  • Vance P. Frickey

    Delonte West had some unauthorized guns on his motorbike, and he can say he was on prescribed medication when he did it.  What was Barack Obama’s excuse for swiping half of the retired American populace’s health-care funding – which they put in the Medicare Fund in good faith, not expecting it to be embezzled away from them – by 2014 to pay for the “Obamacare” mandatory health insurance swindle?  I’d say over-weening ego was a scarier drug than whatever West was on.

  • Anonymous

    What a loser.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_672OYMJUQ3TNXT3L4QZLGSAWRQ James W

    What??? You don’t speak DC jive??  The scary part is that 99% of the spelling errors are not intentional. This bozo doesn’t get to go to the White House because he’s a felon. Maybe rich and maybe living in a car – he’s still a felon.

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

    I hope someone changes their minds and sends a limo for him. He has made something good  of himself!  Be proud and dont degrade yourself.  Just smile!!!

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

    over weening????,,…how about over eating,  trying some calorie counting instead.
    Leave the President alone.  If he was blue eyed, blonde hair and fair skinned, no one would be discing him. He had tried to do what was right for the betterment of the people and the country and no one would listen or help him.  We get what we deserve.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KK43QK6TLDE5CLXIDXKM2Q2CVA Real Talk

    rich loser

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_24NRNAZAC7UGIMRNOOCRIEW3RA james

    You would think with the millions of dollars this wanna be gangsta makes, he would hire himself a tutor and learn to freakin spell! My brain is hurting from trying to decipher his little temper tantrum.

  • Anonymous

    personally, I think it is a shame the justice system in this country will hold a mistake against a person for life.  People are not perfect.  People make mistakes.  People also learn from mistakes and make positive changes…….only to be shot down by something they did in the past?   Career criminals may be a different story.  Then, and only then, should REPEATED  “mistakes” be kept against a person.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree….begrudgingly. Money can’t buy you class. You can take the kid out of the ghetto, but, you can’t get the ghetto out of the kid. 

  • http://twitter.com/PrestigioLatino Prestigio Latino

    Wow, this guy’s got a chip on his shoulder.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CMIQRYQEN3L3N5OLTSZUCKP27Y Mr Fantastic

    He’s not autistic, I don’t know where in the world you got that nonsense from

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CMIQRYQEN3L3N5OLTSZUCKP27Y Mr Fantastic

    Yes, he needs to be in jail for all the people he’s shot at and all the women he’s beaten up.  Oh wait a minute….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Hauser/1336596489 Bob Hauser

    Apparently the Mackdaddy’s skin is only color deep….I wouldn’t walk across the street & pay two cents to see the biggest counterfeit since the Trojan Horse so what’s West missing anyway besides plumb-ass nothin’?…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CMIQRYQEN3L3N5OLTSZUCKP27Y Mr Fantastic

    So 800K = Millions? I ‘d like to speak to your math teachers

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CMIQRYQEN3L3N5OLTSZUCKP27Y Mr Fantastic

    I love all the people who act like they know exactly what’s “wrong” with Delonte West.  The attitudes towards mental health in our society are exactly why so many people who really need help are so afraid to seek it out.  I guarantee every single person who has ever had something negative to say regarding West has been affected by mental illness in their life

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQDQF6UL3DI2SBJQRRZUXCLUTA Marcus H

    Lindy, your response is what’s wrong with this country.  Nobody can say anything without being accused of being racist or sexist.  Also, I love that you led off the post with a low blow insult.  Lastly why do people assume that any president has their best interests in mind.  If you honestly believe that they serve the people and not special interests than you need a serious wake up call.

  • Tatiana Gibson

    sure can’t take that Jewishness outta him

  • Tatiana Gibson

    maybe you should hire a tutor or re-enroll in elementary school to raise your reading comprehension. Your brain hurts because it doing something besides decoding images from as you call it “The Flashy, Noise-Making Box.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19503405 David Ward

    woo? seriously? i think the word you’re looking for is woe.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/_J4KHYZRMH3AHW4M37KWZCV6VSU Nick McDonald

    why does it even matter he was average at best…just another smart one of the block per usual!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UV32AFSRTC72PFFB33D7SXFOFI Jerry K

    So 3 strikes and you’re out?  So basically you can kill 3 people.  Shoot at 3 people… There are laws in this country every EVERY citizen is required to follow.  You break them you pay the penalty.  Boo Hoo poor Delonte West is being held down by the system.  Get over it get real think about that before you carry unauthorized weapons on your motorcycle.  There’s a reason those laws are in effect and it’s people like poor Dwest why we have them in the first place.  I went to get a gun and had to wait a week to buy it while they ran extensive background checks on me.  Oh and even bringing the president into this argument… get real you idiot.  Take your head out of Michelle Bachmans ass and turn off fox news for 10 minutes and maybe you’ll learn something about the way things work in the world.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XQ6CD3W3WR642CJGLG32RULLLY Ray

    He’s just sad because Cuban wont invest in his favorite MMA show called cops vs x-cons
    the newest MMA looking for investors at the cxcpro.com website.  MM

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XQ6CD3W3WR642CJGLG32RULLLY Ray

    He’s just sad the Cuban won’t invest in his favorite MMA show called cops vs x-con the newest
    MMA  leauge in Vegas . See the cxcpro.com website as cops have even built their own training
    facility and have pleaded with Cuban to get this rolling.  MM

  • Anonymous

    Go ask Bush for your money

  • Anonymous

    Git ur ebonics dikshonary

  • sean XSSXD

    stupid cracker

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AZ6BWEGHT4ZT376BZD2MCABCOQ Richard

     I know nothing about B ball of any players, this players situation with the White House is ridiculous the POTUS has said in the past that he used Cocaine and other drug’s in college, since he got away with it is OK ? and becomes Prez, and this player gets busted and cant even visit the White house ” messed up 4 sure ” and its not the player…. 

  • http://twitter.com/Meestair Kevin Deitering

    This guy went to college?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4M3Z2EAQQ3XZSB6KFSLCWHPP34 Jack Handy

    I think the President took the nicey-nice high road approach with his platform and it was shoved back in his face by the same elements of this country that, as you say, are what is wrong with this country. The President’s failing has been that he has been too nice in his politics.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYCYBK2BOYPBU6N3SWLPDU4IAE Melissa

    You know….its none of anyones business the way he lives or the way he wantes to live…Why dont you freakin media stay out of his life…follow basketball and thats it…You do not have to tell everyone his problems…why dont you post some of your own problems…maybe the readers will get a kick out of that….Leave him alone

  • Anonymous

    Oh, that’s right. If you criticize Obama’s job-killing policies that automatically makes you a racist.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CEVU5BZGC36GQM3TZDN6NSAVJ4 MikeM

    Isn’t Delonte the one rumored to have been seeing LeBums mom when both were Cav’s??? Like he didn’t think that would be a problem?????  Whats wrong with this guy????? I am sure Obama can get past not getting to meet Mr. West

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QUIMEOBRURFYUZYBFE3XVSQFTM wising up


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QUIMEOBRURFYUZYBFE3XVSQFTM wising up


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4IOSGTA4TRS2FOQBXLBV6R2QKA nobody

    basketball players get a free pass in school.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4IOSGTA4TRS2FOQBXLBV6R2QKA nobody

    stupid toad

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LRDK63ICDP7WIVNZHX4EYL6TJQ MistyVista

    What?  Mental illness?  Where did you get that information?  D. West isn’t mentally ill.  He simply has no class, no concept of right vs. wrong and he feels “entitled” to do what he wants, have what he wants just because he’s a stupid athlete. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4IOSGTA4TRS2FOQBXLBV6R2QKA nobody

    are you freaking serious

  • Anonymous

    I think you mean prima donna…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EWZSRZOYZYZ4PXG2D5PJIALJQA Robert

    Zackly why sports sucks nowadays.  If they can play ball they too easily get a free pass and live any way they want to.  BBall used to be a gentleman’s sport.  As for him not being allowed to meet the president… that really sucks.  The president should be there for everyone and should demand that all people be treated equally.  I’m definitely against what people do that puts them in prison but once they’re out I think it is an absolute necessity that they be treated fairly and given the same opportunity as anyone else.  It’s the repeat offenders, the ones who can’t and won’t make it on parole that I would not give a chance.  But then again, I’ve known of quite a few guys who violated and got locked up for not making it to visit their parole officer, nothing else….. no the same as a repeat offender.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XUIZRMHR4ZPSKX53GPDK7VNLVQ Kim

    celty – you made my day. thanks.