Delonte West gets technical for sticking finger in Gordon Hayward’s ear (Video)

Delonte West got a little too friendly during the Mavericks triple-overtime loss to the Jazz on Monday night, and it earned him a technical foul. While playing three overtimes can be exhausting and frustrating, West’s unsportsmanlike moment came in the second quarter. As you can see from the video above, Delonte was unhappy with Gordon Hayward after the two got tangled up, so he decided to shove his finger in Hayward’s ear. Why this was his reaction to being upset, we have no idea.

If there is any positive to be taken from the situation for Hayward, it’s that it was West’s index finger and not his once-mangled ring finger that he fractured a couple months back. If Hayward saw the picture West tweeted of his injury and it turned out to be the same finger that was in his ear, he would probably have nightmares for weeks.

Delonte West tweets picture of his nasty finger injury

On Feb. 15 during a game against the Nuggets, Delonte West suffered a fractured ring finger on his right hand. He has since returned to action and given the Mavericks some quality minutes off the bench, but West still has to tape the healing finger and said it feels like hundreds of tiny needles are jabbing it every time someone swipes at it or falls on it.

If you think the injury sounds nasty, it looks even worse. Early Monday morning, West tweeted a couple of pictures of his finger from when the injury had happened with accompanying text that read “that’s where (the) bone came out.” If you’re squeamish, I would recommend not jumping ahead to look at them.

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Delonte West wants to quash rumor about LeBron’s mom once and for all

That nasty rumor about Delonte West sleeping with LeBron James’ mom, Gloria, does not want to die. But West has had enough of the speculation, which most people have probably taken as fact, and wants to put it to rest for good. Speaking with The Dallas Morning News, West addressed the gossip and talked about how it’s impacted his life.

“It’s affected me,” West says. “Everywhere I go, first question, ‘Don’t tell me you did that.’ ”

“That” would be the rumor that during the 2010 playoffs, West had a sexual encounter with Cleveland Cavaliers teammate LeBron James’ mother, Gloria.

West says he wants to permanently squash the rumor not just for his sake, but mostly for James and his mother, who West says expressed nothing but kindness during his three seasons in Cleveland.

In fact, West says Gloria James reminded him of his single mother, Delphina Addison, who raised Delonte and his siblings to be “happy-poor, just enjoy life and the blessings that God has given us.

“If we want to continue to grow as a human race, what are we teaching our kids if we try to make humor and fun out of stuff like that?” West says of the rumor. “Number one, something like that never happened. I don’t know where they got that from.

“For a strong black woman like that, for people to try to tear her down, that’s terrible. That’s terrible in so many ways.”

West is a bit of an curious character, and with stories about him buying white Ford Broncos and applying for work at Home Depot, it’s hard to take him seriously. But if his recent Twitter rant didn’t remind you, West also suffers from bipolar disorder.

He has casually brushed off the James rumor in the past, but we suspected the story was false when he and LeBron hugged in the playoffs last year. Now it sounds like it is starting to legitimately bother him, so perhaps we should take him at his word and call an end to the rumor. It’s better as a taunt for bitter Cleveland fans who want to get in LeBron’s head, anyway.

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Delonte West Went on His Rant Prior to Receiving White House Clearance

Delonte West has been the center of attention the last few days. First he grabbed headlines when he said he was banned from visiting the White House along with his Mavericks teammates. Later that evening he went on an extensive Twitter rant where he said he didn’t want to be the media’s sideshow.

West says he regrets his comments and the negative attention he’s received. He’d like the focus to be on basketball. He also explained the timing of his rant.

“In the past, I wasn’t able to attend,” he said. “So I made statements before we got the official clearance for me. Obviously, I got upset. I got a phone call after a few hours, and they said I get to go. I wasn’t throwing anybody under the bus.”

Even though West received clearance for the visit, he elected not to attend because he didn’t want to become more of a distraction than he already was.

You get the feeling that if he had just played cool all along, nothing bad would have happened. But that’s not Delonte’s way, is it?

Delonte West Was Not Banned from the White House, Secret Service, Team Says

Alright, things just got really weird. Delonte West vented late Saturday saying he was banned from the White House. He was really hurt about it too. Then later that night he melted down over Twitter.

I figured it was a little strange that West would have been banned from the White House considering all the other athletes with criminal pasts who had been there, but who am I to challenge West’s word? Turns out someone from the White House is either doing damage control, or Delonte was lying.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told the the media that West could have taken part. A team spokeswoman, Sarah Melton, also said West was not banned from the White House ceremony.

So there you go. I’m really guessing that West wasn’t banned and he just went on a rant for his own purposes. Maybe he’s just been feeling down lately and is seeing the world as if everyone is against him. If that’s the case, I hope he’s getting some counseling and advice.

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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):

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Delonte West Banned from Mavericks’ White House Visit

When the Dallas Mavericks make their highly-anticipated trip to the White House Monday, Delonte West will not accompany them. West is, in his words, “banned” from making the visit because of his criminal past.

“I’m banned from going to the White House, so I’m not going to make it,’’ West said after Saturday’s game. “But I’m going home to D.C., I’m just not allowed to go to the White House.

“That’s what happens when you make bad decisions in your life. You can’t go to the White House,” he told the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.

West pleaded guilty to a weapons and traffic charge last July. He was pulled over on his motorcycle in 2009 and police found three weapons in a guitar case he was carrying. The arrest led to a 10-game suspension from the NBA, and West has since sought help and been treated for mental issues.

First he can’t play abroad because of his weapons charge, and now he can’t visit the White House. Between this and his car breaking down, thing just aren’t going well for Delonte West.

The ban is just as well anyway; Delonte played for the Celtics last season and wasn’t part of the Mavericks’ championship team.

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