Troubled former NBA security guard Delonte West was met at a gas station in Texas by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in the latest effort to help the 37-year-old, who was battling bipolar disorder and a reported drug problem.
According to TMZ, Cuban had been trying to reach West for days after a photo of him begging on the streets of Dallas went viral last week. Ultimately, the billionaire was able to contact West, who agreed to meet.
Cuban reportedly took West to a local hotel. According to TMZ, the plan is to get West into rehab, for which Cuban has offered to pay.
Troubled former NBA security guard Delonte West was met at a gas station in Texas by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in the latest effort to help the 37-year-old, who was battling bipolar disorder and a reported drug problem. According to TMZ, Cuban had been trying to reach West for days after a photo of him begging on the streets of Dallas went viral last week. Ultimately, the billionaire was able to contact West, who agreed to meet
Delonte West met Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (pictured) in the latest effort to help 37-year-old, who battled bipolar disorder and reported drug problems
A Twitter user known as Eazy B recently wrote that he hobbled West and bought the former NBA guard Popeyes chicken
Cuban confirmed the meeting ESPN, which refers to the West as ‘homeless’.
In what is sadly a regular occurrence for West, the video of the meeting went viral, with fans and friends pleading on social media for the former St. Joseph’s star for help.
Video of West being hit on a Maryland highway went viral in January.
West, who previously revealed he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008, is not reflected in the images. On the contrary, the six-foot-tall Washington DC resident appears incapacitated when his attacker stamps on his motionless body.
Police from Price George’s County, Maryland, came to the scene, which is why West is shown captivated in one of the videos. According to police, a female witness claimed the fight started when one man hit another with a bottle. The other man reportedly responded by repeatedly hitting the first man, presumably West.
Both men refused medical assistance and refused to report it. Neither were publicly identified by the police, but West is seen incoherently about the incident in a second video, which was recorded by the police.
According to the police statement, the men were known together.
Video of West being hit on a Maryland highway went viral in January. West, who previously revealed he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008, is not reflected in the images. On the contrary, the six-foot Washington DC resident appears incapacitated for work as his attacker stamps on his motionless body
West’s former Saint Joseph’s University teammate, ex-NBA star Jameer Nelson, and their former coach Phil Martelli raised concerns on social media after the videos went viral.
“I’m sick today,” Nelson wrote. Mental illness is something that a lot of people deal with and don’t even know about 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 he’s going to get him through this.
“Yes, I’ve been talking to him for the past few months, just to be there as a friend to him.”
Nelson closed his statement by pleading that everyone would be respectful.
‘And please pay attention if you post videos or photos of someone,’ he wrote. You may think you’re (sic) helping, but you might hurt them even more. People have children and their children don’t deserve to be ashamed. Please pray! ‘
Delonte West imagined playing for the Mavs in 2012 against his former teammate and longtime friend Jameer Nelson
Martelli, now an assistant coach in Michigan, responded to Nelson’s statement on Twitter: help that Delonte needs. This is so very painful. ‘
West first made headlines alongside Nelson and Martelli in a Saint Joseph’s team that turned 27-0 in the 2004 regular season and earned a top spot for the NCAA tournament before losing to Oklahoma State in the Elite 8.
He was then called up by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft, eventually becoming a starter alongside LeBron James at the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008.
West continued to bounce around the NBA afterward, playing in the D-League and even signing in China, but mental health issues began to overshadow his career.
In 2009, he was detained on a three-wheeled motorcycle, which led police to discover three firearms attached to his body. He eventually pleaded guilty to weapons charges and was ordered to undergo psychological counseling in addition to probation and community service.
In 2016, a photo appeared of him trading in a suburb of Washington DC, but it has never been proven that he was actually homeless at the time.
According to Complex Sports, West roamed Houston without shoes four years ago.
West made more than $ 16 million during his nine-year career, which ended after his only season with the Mavericks in 2011-2012, when he was only 28.
West’s NBA career is perhaps best remembered for his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, when he played with LeBron James (right) on one of the best teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.
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