Feb. 27, 2016 update: Delonte West’s brother Dmitri told The Daily Mail that the former Celtic “is not crazy, he is not on drugs.” Dmitri went on to add: “I don’t know what exactly is going on in his mind but I can tell you that he is safe and he’s doing OK. My family are trying to get him the best professional help that’s out there, the best that they can afford. You can’t put this down to the basketball or money. He is in a great place, he has a beautiful son, a beautiful daughter and a wife that loves him and gives him tremendous support. But sometimes he has this illness that just comes upon him. This condition is like a cancer — it can affect anyone, rich or poor, regardless of whether you are an NBA player or a football player.”
The Mail also revealed that West is being sued by Bank of America over an unpaid credit card debt of nearly $108,000 and is facing foreclosure on his parent’s house in Maryland.
Feb. 21, 2016 original story:
Remember Delonte West?
The 6-foot-3-inch guard out of St. Joe’s played for the Celtics for three seasons from 2004-2007. And he had a cup of coffee with the Green in 2010, averaging 12 points per game in his last season in Boston.
Delonte had some well-documented mental health issues that caused him problems after he left the Celtics. West’s life has never been easy off the court.
“My whole life the court is the one place where people couldn’t laugh at my skin complexion, or the birthmark on my face or the red hair,” West told SLAM in a 2013. “When I played basketball, because I worked so hard, it’s always been the one place where people couldn’t laugh at me.”
Now West — an eight-year NBA veteran last played with the Dallas Mavericks in 2012 and earned more than $16 million in his career — seems to have hit rock bottom.
The 32-year-old West was “spotted ambling around a Jack In The Box parking lot in Houston earlier this week, reportedly wearing a hospital robe without shoes on.”
A fan who spotted Delonte at the fast-food chain’s lot and was just hoping to snap a couple of photos told TMZ they noticed West wandering around outside the restaurant by himself.
When the person approached the former first-round pick and asked, “Are you Delonte West,” he replied, “I used to be but I’m not about that life anymore.”
Back in June 2015, it looked like LeBron and the Cavs had West headed in the right direction.
“It’s hard to have great friends in professional sports because you’re so busy with your schedule, but if James befriends you, then he’s your friend until the end,” West said to Cleveland.com. “That’s hard to say about a player, let alone a megastar. When we do see each other, it’s like you were with him playing video games yesterday. That’s a credit to his character and his humbleness in how he was raised…
“The love LeBron and my teammates showed me is an extension of the city,” he said. “It’s the city of Brotherly Love to me. I’m pulling for them all the way.”
H/T: New York Post
Dirty Water Sports’ Steve Silva contributed to this report.