Delonte West has finally accepted help after years of battling substance abuse issues, and the former NBA star has now been at a rehab facility for more than a week. So far, it sounds like things are going smoothly.
A source close to West told TMZ that Delonte is “doing fine” and “roughing it out” during the detox portion of his recovery. Detox is Phase 1 of the program, and West is still working through that. After that is complete, TMZ reports that he’ll move to a new location to focus on mental health and building a long-term plan for sobriety.
Other people close to West told TMZ the process will be a difficult one but they are pleased with West’s progress so far.
Delonte West has made headlines for all the wrong reasons this year, but there is finally some positive news to share about the former NBA star.
A photo surfaced last week that appeared to show West panhandling in the Dallas area. After seeing the photo, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban renewed his efforts to get West some help, as West has battled mental health and substance abuse issues since he last played for the Mavericks eight years ago. ESPN’s Tim McMahon reported on Monday that Cuban had located West and picked him up at a gas station.
Shams Charania of The Athletic was told by sources on Tuesday that West was receptive to the help. Cuban reunited the 37-year-old with his mother in Dallas, and West has now checked into a rehab facility in Florida.
Mark Cuban reached out to Delonte West's mother, Delphina Addison, asking how he can help. Answer was simple: Find Delonte.
Cuban did on Monday, waited with West until his mother arrived to hotel, and West finally took step many close to him have awaited: Entered rehab. 🙏🏽 https://t.co/IiVKGH3a62
Delonte West has been struggling with mental health and other issues since he last played in the NBA years ago, and unfortunately it does not look like his situation has improved.
A new photo surfaced on social media this week that appears to show West along the side of a roadway holding a sign asking for money. Apparently there have been people who have tried to help West, but he won’t accept.
Sources told TMZ that Doc Rivers, West’s former coach, and Jameer Nelson, West’s former college teammate at Saint Joseph’s, are among those who have tried to reach out to West. The NBA and NBPA have also attempted to contact West but had no luck.
The video featuring Delonte West in a disturbing physical and mental state that went viral this week was allegedly taken by a police officer, and the officer has been suspended.
Prince George’s County Police Department Chief Hank Stawinski said Tuesday that the officer responsible for capturing the footage has been suspended, according to Paul Wagner of FOX 5 DC. Police say they responded to reports of a fight in Oxon Hill, Md., on Monday morning. When they arrived, the two men had been separated, but a witness had a video of them fighting in the middle of the street.
Delonte West was seen in videos that spread across the internet Monday showing him getting beat up on a highway and then sounding incoherent while talking with an officer. One of the consistent responses from those who watched was: why isn’t anyone helping out West, who clearly does not seem to be in a good state of mind?
The answer seems to be that many have been aware of West’s issues and tried to help, but he has not been cooperative.
From West’s former teammates and coaches to team officials, all have run into the same issue over and over with him. A trip for him to seek help is scheduled and booked, West agrees upon it, and then he cancels. “He has to want to be helped,” said one person directly involved in setting him up with assistance. One of his former teams, according to a person, tried “too many times to count.”
Just like the person who was quoted in the story said, a person who needs help has to want the help in order to change. People can complain about the lack of resources spent on mental health and ask why more isn’t being done, but the sad reality is sometimes you can only do so much.
West played at Saint Joseph’s with Nelson, under Martelli’s leadership, for three seasons, culminating in their 2003-2004 squad that went 27-0 in the regular season and finished 30-2. West was a junior and Nelson a senior that season.
“I’m sick today my stomach right now seeing the videos of Delonte. To answer everybody that’s reaching out to me about his situation … all we can do is pray for Him and his family and hope that he seeks the proper help. Mental illness is something that a lot of people deal with and don’t even know it, until sometimes it’s too late. I’m not sure what exactly is going on with Dwest but he knows I’m in his corner and will help him get through this. Yes, I’ve spoken to him Over the past several months, just trying to be there for him as a friend. One thing I do know Is. (sic) if your (sic) having mental, emotional or physical set backs (sic) in life you need to talk to somebody. And when I say talk to somebody. I mean,, like a doctor or doctors. Not you (sic) parents or homeboy, wife, cousins etc. somebody that has credentials in helping people for what your (sic) going through. And please be mindful, when you (sic) posting videos or pictures of somebody. You may think your (sic) helping but you might be hurting them even more. People have kids and their kids don’t deserve to be embarrassed.
Please Pray!” Nelson said in his statement.
Martelli, who coached at Saint Joseph’s from 1995-2019, added thoughts as well. He described West’s situation as “very painful” and said many are looking to help.
Over the past several hours I have talked with many who are willing to help – please read and embrace Jameer’s wisdom – we are reaching out to our basketball network to get the professional help Delonte needs. This is so very painful. https://t.co/8IAuTdzCc9
Delonte West appeared in a few videos shared on social media Monday that showed the former NBA player in a very concerning mental state.
West, who had an 8-year playing career in the NBA, was captured in a video getting beat up in the middle of a highway. The video shows that the incident took place in the middle of the 210 highway, which goes from Maryland to Washington D.C.
In the video, people were driving by while West got his head stomped.
Apparently Delonte West was seen getting beat up in the street this Morning. I went to school with him and it’s crazy to see just how his life has gone downhill since the NBA. pic.twitter.com/chm6Sbu9h6
Delonte West was reportedly on medication and hallucinating when a fan spotted him wandering around outside a Jack in the Box restaurant over a week ago.
Sources who are “extremely close” to West told TMZ on Monday that West had taken the wrong medication at a facility where he was being treated for bipolar disorder. He ended up leaving the facility shoeless.
“Delonte was at a facility where he received the wrong medication,” a friend explained. “He began hallucinating. Because of the hallucinations he walked out of the facility, barefoot, in the hospital gown. He went to go get food. That’s when he was video taped and photographed.”
A fan who spotted West at Jack in the Box snapped a couple of photos, and West clearly did not look right. The 32-year is reportedly being treated at a different facility now and those close to him are confident he is receiving the proper care.
Prior to the incident last month, we hadn’t heard much about West in a while — aside from that Twitter rant about LeBron James that may have been from a fake account. Hopefully West is able to get the help he needs.
Delonte West has not appeared in an NBA game in more than three years, and it sounds like life after basketball is not going all that well for him.
According to TMZ, a fan spotted West “wandering around” outside a Jack in the Box restaurant in Houston last week. The fan asked West for a photo and supposedly had a brief exchange with him.
It’s actually a sad story … the person who shot the photo is a huge basketball fan and said they noticed the former 1st round draft pick wandering around outside of a Jack in the Box around 10 PM all by himself with no shoes.
When the fan approached him and asked, “Are you Delonte West?” — he replied, “I used to be but I’m not about that life anymore.”
Delonte West and LeBron James have a long and complicated history with one another, and it may have taken another strange turn Monday night.
Unless, of course, people are being duped by a fake Twitter account.
The following tweets that West or someone posing as West sent about LeBron have created quite the buzz:
There are a lot of reasons to believe that was not really West. For starters, a fake Delonte Twitter account has thrown shade at LeBron in the past. West’s old Twitter account, which has been inactive for over two years, has nearly 100,000 followers. The one you see above had less than 4,000 at the time this post was being written, and that number has probably gone up substantially in the past 12 hours.
“He sat with me in the locker room for like an hour and was rapping it up with me by giving me words of encouragement,” West told Chris Haynes of Northeast Ohio Media Group. “Keep in mind, practice was still going on. He left practice and sat with me for a while, just keeping me company. He later walked me down the stairs and said, ‘D, I don’t know where you’re going or what you’re about to do, but I’ll be right here when you get back.’
“My spirits were so high at that point. I don’t know what would have happened had I left in the condition I was in prior. It’s a testament to the type of person he is.”
Why would West suddenly have a change of heart out of nowhere? He probably wouldn’t. Our guess is the tweets are fake. And even if they aren’t, West could easily just claim they are.