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.
“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?
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.
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):
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.
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.
Jokes about Nike’s slogan are nothing new. Anyone who is above the age of 12 that hasn’t heard an off-color comment that’s related to “Just Do It” must be living in an extremely remote area of the country. Sex jokes are associated with Nike’s tag line all the time, and I’m sure the people at Nike welcome the added publicity and marketing. What I’m not sure of, however, is if Nike would go for Delonte West’s brilliant idea for them to start making condoms and have athletes market them.
While you might expect someone like Chad Ochocinco to endorse a product like this, he’d probably be hesitant as it would compete with a product of his own. Nike certainly won’t be able to pitch Manny Pacquiao on the idea, either. Aside from that I think Delonte is onto something here. Manufacturing condoms wouldn’t hurt Nike’s image at all, and the slogan is already built in which is a huge bonus. Sounds like a home run idea if you ask me.
Delonte West is quickly becoming one of our favorite athletes because of the personality he’s displayed via social media. Back in August, he talked about taking a job at Home Depot during the lockout. Though that never worked out, he did end up with a job at a furniture store. Now he’s talking about buying a white ’94 Ford Bronco — like the one from the O.J. Simpson chase — and having to push it to a gas station because it broke down.
If $3,000 can’t get you a car that runs smoothly these days, what can it get you?
Back in August, we told you that Delonte West was applying for a job at Home Depot after a judge denied him the freedom to play basketball overseas. Apparently things didn’t work out with the power of the Home Depot, so West decided to apply for a position in the stock room at Regency Furniture. The NBA guard shared a picture from his first day at work, as well as his job application:
We highly recommend you read his job application. West says he heard about the job through “word of mouth.” He seems like quite the willing employee, saying he’s available to work any time of day, not to mention weekends. In fact, he wrote that he was available to start working “yesturday.” Luckily spelling is not a skill required for the position. Let’s just hope he’s entitled to an employee discount. What’s the point in moving futons and sofas all day if you can’t at least get a deal out of it?
Thanks to Jose3030 for the heads up
Picture Credits: Delonte West on Twitter here and here
Delonte West was arrested in 2009 for carrying enough firearms on his motorcycle to support a small militia. He initially faced six weapons charges but took a plea deal to avoid serious punishment. Apparently part of the plea deal means a judge approves where West works and lives. Because of that, West supposedly was prevented from heading overseas to play basketball.
“It’s official.. Pride to the side.. just filled out a application at Home Depot.. Lockout ain’t a game,” he tweeted Thursday. “Can’t even go get that overseas money. Judge said it’s a no go on leaving the country.”
An athlete being held accountable for his actions and being prevented from doing what he wants to? That’s a new one. Good for the judge. Who really wants Delonte taking his uzi-filled guitar cases overseas anyway? As if we don’t already have a bad enough reputation among foreign countries, the last thing we would need is West getting into fights with teammates abroad the way he has here.
Delonte West denied sleeping with LeBron James’ mom, Gloria James, in a casual interview with World Star Hip Hop. Go about 30 seconds into this video to hear the pertinent part and be warned, the language is offensive and NSFW:
Not only did the interviewer sound sloshed (as did West), but West wouldn’t even look at the camera when he said stuff. OK I know Rafael Palmeiro sounded convincing when he finger-wagged at congress and turned out to be guilty, so that tells us body language isn’t everything. Still, West was not very convincing in the video. On the other hand, when a rumor sparked this year about Rashard Lewis and Gloria James, the Wizards forward came out right away to dispel it.
Remember those rumors about Delonte West banging LeBron James’ mom? It appears there are two possibilities now with regard to that: either it never happened, or LeBron doesn’t care. Check out the LeBron James and Delonte West hug, courtesy of Jose3030:
Maybe LeBron was just overjoyed that he finally beat the Celtics. As much as it pains me to say it, he should be. His two three pointers and steal/dunk in the final minutes single-handedly crushed any hope Boston had of a series comeback. Word on Twitter is LeBron whispered, “I love you, Dad” in Delonte’s ear during the hug. Somehow I have trouble believing that. Never know.