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Delonte West tells reporter why he was panhandling

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April 2, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West shoots prior to the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Delonte West this week addressed a recent video that showed him standing on a highway panhandling.

West, who played in the NBA from 2004-2012, spoke with Image Direct this week. The 38-year-old told the outlet that he is “in between jobs” and that’s why he was asking strangers in Alexandria, Va. for money.

“It is what it is,” West said, via TMZ Sports.

“I got children. I’m in between jobs. People can help me as much as they can, but you know, as a man I gotta do what I gotta do for my babies.”

West has two sons. He also spoke about goals of getting back involved in the NBA as a scout or coach, though that seems unlikely.

West has had his share of off-court issues since his NBA career ended in 2012. He went to rehab in 2020, but then he seemed to relapse. Most recently, he made headlines after his arrest at a Florida police station.

Fans make another troubling Delonte West sighting

Delonte West shooting

April 2, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West shoots prior to the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

There have been some positive and some negative updates about Delonte West over the past few years, and unfortunately the latest news surrounding the former NBA star is not good.

Some videos and photos that surfaced on social media over the weekend appeared to show West panhandling on the side of the highway in Alexandria, Va. In one clip, a fan exchanges pleasantries with the man believed to be West and says, “My dog Delonte, how you doing my brother?” West’s response was not clear in the video, which you can see below.

West was supposed to be making a basketball comeback recently. The BIG3 announced in April that he had joined the league’s draft pool after trying out to earn his eligibility. It is unclear what happened with that.

This is not the first time West has been seen panhandling. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban helped locate him in 2020 after West was spotted panhandling in the Dallas area. Cuban then helped set West up with a rehab program, and the 38-year-old appeared to be doing well for a while.

West has had his share of off-court issues since his NBA career ended in 2012. Most recently, he made headlines after his arrest at a Florida police station.

Delonte West officially making return to basketball

Delonte West shooting

April 2, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West shoots prior to the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Delonte West appears to have overcome his personal struggles enough to resume his basketball career in the BIG3 league.

West is officially in the BIG3 draft pool, the league announced Wednesday. The 38-year-old successfully tried out for the league to earn his eligibility.

West has had his share of off-court issues since his NBA career ended in 2012. Most recently, he made headlines after his arrest at a Florida police station. The former guard appears to be making a strong effort to turn his life around, however, with help from one prominent NBA personality.

After an eight-season NBA career, West should be a good fit for BIG3, which has provided a route back to basketball for a lot of other ex-NBA players as well.

Encouraging video shows Delonte West playing basketball again

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Delonte West seems to be doing much better from the looks of a recent clip.

Encouraging footage of West went viral this week. In the video, West was seen putting up shots in the gym and swishing a good amount of them.

West’s workout took place at Pat The Roc Basketball Academy in Maryland.

It is awesome to see West, who was in the NBA from 2004 to 2012, playing basketball again after all the personal struggles he has faced in recent years. The 38-year-old has battled mental health and addiction issues and was arrested last year after a troubling incident at a Florida police station.

West has gotten back on his feet though with the help of some prominent members of the NBA community, and it appears that he is continuing to make great progress.

Photo: April 2, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West shoots prior to the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Delonte West pleads not guilty to charges from police station incident

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Delonte West was arrested last month following a troubling incident at a police station, but the former NBA star has pleaded not guilty to the charges he is facing.

West was charged three misdemeanors — obstruction/resisting without violence, having an open container, and disorderly intoxication — after he was arrested outside the Boynton Beach Police Department in Boynton Beach, Fla., on Oct. 19. The 38-year-old was confronted by officers after he began yelling and banging on the glass doors of the police station. West was holding an open can of beer and open bottle of vodka. He was arrested after he did not cooperate with police.

According to TMZ, West pleaded not guilty to all three charges on Monday. He has a court hearing scheduled for next month.

Police released body camera footage from the incident that showed West spewing incoherent thoughts. He claimed he was the president of the United States and ranted about how he was a better basketball player than LeBron James and Michael Jordan.

West has a history of mental health and substance abuse issues. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban helped locate him last year after West was spotted panhandling in the Dallas area. In 2019, West refused to accept assistance after a video showed him fighting someone in the middle of the freeway.

Cuban set West up with a rehab treatment program, and West was said to be doing well as of earlier this year. That clearly is no longer the case.

Delonte West made wild claims in troubling arrest video

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Delonte West was arrested last week outside a police station in Florida, and police have released body camera footage of the incident.

Officers responded after West went to the Boynton Beach Police Department building last Tuesday and began yelling and banging on the glass doors. He was holding an open can of beer and open bottle of vodka. The former NBA star was arrested after he did not cooperate with police.

On Monday, TMZ released footage from the arrest. West was shown handcuffed on the ground spewing incoherent thoughts. He repeatedly said he is the President of the United States and insulted the officers, who told him they wanted to get him help. The 38-year-old claimed he came to the police station because he was being jumped.

At one point, West began talking about his basketball career and said he was better than LeBron James and Michael Jordan.

“N—-, I was better than LeBron James. I’m better than Jordan,” West shouted at police. “I was the best n—- to play every sport. Shut the f— up!”

West was charged with resisting an officer without violence, disorderly intoxication and having an open container. He is set to appear in court next month.

West has a history of mental health and substance abuse issues. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban helped locate him last year after West was spotted panhandling in the Dallas area. Cuban set West up with a rehab treatment program, and West was said to be doing well as of earlier this year.

In 2019, West refused to accept assistance after a video showed him fighting someone in the middle of the freeway. He is clearly in need of help once again.

Delonte West arrested following incident at police station

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Delonte West checked into a rehab treatment facility last year amid his struggles with mental health and substance abuse. Unfortunately, it sounds like the former NBA star has not remained on the right path.

According to an incident report obtained by Scott Sutton of WPTV, West was arrested in Boynton Beach, Fla., on Tuesday night following an encounter with police. Officers responded after West went to the Boynton Beach Police Department building and began yelling and banging on the glass doors. He was said to be screaming while holding an open can of beer and open bottle of vodka.

Police say West began to walk away while still screaming, at which point they told him to stop and place the open containers of alcohol on the sidewalk. West complied with the demands, but he placed his hands inside his west band right after. That led to one of the officers unholstering his Taser before West complied and was handcuffed.

West was belligerent and “screaming profanities and obscure rants” after he was detained, according to the report. Police say they suspected he was intoxicated. West was charged with resisting an officer without violence, disorderly intoxication and having an open container.

The arrest will come as a disappointment to those who have followed West over the past year. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has a close relationship with West from when the former point guard played for the team, helped locate West in September 2020 after he was spotted panhandling in the Dallas area. Cuban helped set West up with a rehab treatment program, and West was said to be doing well as of earlier this year.

West has struggled with mental health and substance abuse issues since he last played in the NBA several years ago. In 2019, he refused to accept help after a video showed him fighting someone in the middle of the freeway. Here’s hoping he can somehow get back on the right track.

Delonte West shares another positive update from his recovery

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Delonte West checked into a rehab treatment facility in Florida nearly four months now, and it sounds like the former NBA star continues to make progress.

West now has a job at the rehab center where he was being treated, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

That is certainly a positive indication that West is getting his life back on track. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who reunited West with his mother and helped convince the 37-year-old to check into rehab, said about two months ago that West was doing well but still facing an “uphill battle.”

Charania noted that Cuban has remained in close contact with West.

West appears to have come a long way from when he refused to accept help in 2019 after a video showed him fighting someone in the middle of the freeway.

Cuban and West have a relationship from when West played for the Mavericks. Cuban helped locate West last September after West was spotted panhandling in the Dallas area.

West has struggled with mental health and substance abuse issues since he last played in the NBA several years ago. We’re glad to hear he is doing much better.

Mark Cuban shares another promising Delonte West update

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It has now been more than a month since Delonte West checked into a rehab treatment facility in Florida, and the former NBA star appears to be doing well.

Mark Cuban shared an update on Tuesday and some more photos that he received from West. The Dallas Mavericks owner says recovery has been an “uphill battle” for West but that the 37-year-old is “still climbing.”

Cuban shared a similar photo about a week after West checked into rehab.

West is said to be making solid progress in rehab, and it is obviously a good sign that he is still there more than a month later. He appears to have come a long way from when he refused to accept help last year after a video showed him fighting someone in the middle of the freeway.

West and Cuban have a relationship from when West played for the Mavericks. Cuban helped locate West back in September after West was spotted panhandling in the Dallas area.

West has struggled with mental health and substance abuse issues since he last played in the NBA several years ago. We hope he continues to make progress.

Mark Cuban shares photo of Delonte West, promising update

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Delonte West has now spent more than a week at a rehab treatment facility, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shared a promising update about the former NBA star’s situation on Friday.

Cuban, who helped locate West after he was spotted panhandling in the Dallas area, shared a photo of West on Twitter. The image, which Cuban says West sent to him, shows Delonte on horseback. Cuban said West has a long way to go but has “taken the first steps” and wanted to share the photo as a show of appreciation for the support he has received.

Sources close to West told TMZ this week that Delonte is making solid progress in rehab, though it is still early. He appears to have come a long way from when he refused to accept help last year after a video showed him fighting someone in the middle of the freeway.

The Mavericks were the last NBA team West played for, which is why he has a previous relationship with Cuban. West was suspended for having outbursts during his final season with the team in 2012. He has since struggled with mental health and substance abuse issues, so it’s great that he is finally getting some help.