Delonte West says not to worry about him after recent videos showed him panhandling
Concerned former NBA star Delonte West says he is doing well and is “in between jobs” after he was recently filmed begging in Virginia after three attempts at rehabilitation.
In a video released last week, a confused West appeared to be asking for money outside a 7/11 supermarket in Alexandria, less than a month after reportedly failing to show up to his big basketball comeback.
West, 38, who suffers from bipolar disorder and previously played with NBA legend LeBron James, told TMZ on Tuesday that there is nothing wrong and that he is just doing what he has to do for his children.
“It is what it is,” West said, when asked if he was okay.
‘I have children. I’m in between jobs. People can only help me as much as they can, but you know, as a man I have to do what I have to do for my babies.”
Troubled former NBA star Delonte West was spotted Tuesday after a recent spate of videos showed him begging in Virginia. He said he’s in between jobs
In the footage that went viral last week, West was seen in a supermarket parking lot smoking cigarettes, talking to seemingly random passers-by and climbing atop an ice cooler to plug his phone into an outlet.
West, who has made more than $16 million in his career, seemed to ask people for money and, at one point, seemed to accept a handful of cash from someone who left the store.
West would return to professional sports with The Big 3 – which features 3-on-3 games and was founded by Ice Cube in 2017, calling on veteran NBA players to fill its ranks.
A source told DailyMail.com last week that West failed to show the competition’s May draft.
But on Tuesday, West made no mention of a no-show, telling TMZ that there were a lot of “talented players” and that he was grateful for the opportunity.
“I was excited to get the chance to try it out,” West said. ‘I know one thing. I’ll be there next season. I’ll be there to cheer on guys.’
The former basketball player told TMZ that he will always be involved in the game.
“I’m always involved in the game that I love,” he said. “Last year I scouted for the Dallas Mavericks and the previous three years I was an NBA scout for the Boston Celtics.”
“I was actually looking forward to being a head coach or an assistant coach in the NBA this season, but like I said, it’s a business that a lot of people are involved with and want to stay involved,” he added. ‘Fortunately, I will be up for discussion next season.’
West, who made more than $16 million in his career, would return to professional sports with The Big 3 – which features 3-on-3 games and calls on veteran NBA players to fill his ranks.
West’s (center) NBA career is best remembered for his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, when he played with LeBron James (right)
West began his NBA career when he was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft, eventually becoming a starter alongside LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008.
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 just 28. He was suspended indefinitely for a series of arguments and never returned to the NBA.
As for West’s problems, it’s not the first time he’s been asked for money on the street.
Earlier this month, more video footage was posted on social media showing West on the side of the highway — including in Alexandria. It is still unclear when the images were recorded.
In a clip posted online, a fan exchanges pleasantries with the man believed to be West and says, “My dog Delonte, how is my brother?”
West’s response was inaudible.
The driver who posted the photos to Twitter seemed extremely surprised to see West on the side of the road.
“Looks like Delonte West on the highway from Richmond, Virginia 2 days ago. What happened so quickly? A few months ago I thought they were trying to get him into the Big3 competition,” he tweeted.
West seemed to be asking people for money and at one point appeared to be accepting a handful of dollar bills from someone leaving the store in Alexandria, Virginia.
Video showed West Panhandling on the side of a road in Alexandria, Virginia
In 2009, West was run over on a three-wheeled motorcycle, causing police to discover three firearms attached to his body. He eventually pleaded guilty to gun possession and was ordered to undergo psychological counseling, in addition to probation and community service.
In September 2020, photos of West Panhandling at an intersection in Dallas, Texas, circulated.
West was picked up by Cuban at a local gas station after that incident. Cuban then paid for West’s drug rehabilitation treatment.
A source confirmed to DailyMail.com that West had been in rehab at least three times since then, and ran away on each occasion.
A short video of the meeting with Cuban in 2020 went viral, prompting fans and friends to beg the former star to seek help.
Delonte West was picked up in 2020 by Dallas Cowboys owner Mark Cuban at a gas station after being robbed in the area. Cuban then paid for West’s drug addiction treatment
In October, West unleashed a homophobic rant against police, claiming he was a better player than James when he was arrested for public intoxication in Florida.
West was apprehended by police in Boynton Beach, Florida, on Oct. 19, when he reportedly started banging on the glass doors of the local police station. Police said he was carrying open containers of beer and vodka and eventually charged him with resisting a police officer without violence and occasional drunkenness.
In the police videos obtained by DailyMail.com, the 38-year-old West referred to officers as “b****es” and “f*****s.” He also claimed to be the greatest basketball player ever.
“N****, I was better than LeBron James,” West said, referring to his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate. ‘I am better than’ [Michael] Jordan. I was the best motherfucker to play any sport. Shut your mouth.’
In October 2021, West unleashed a homophobic rant against police, claiming he was a better player than James when he was arrested for public intoxication in Florida.
In the police videos obtained by DailyMail.com, the 38-year-old West calls officers “b****es” and “f*****s.” He also claims to be the best basketball player ever
West went on to say that he was Jesus Christ and the President of the United States before naming Presidents Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
“You just gave up your chances of going to heaven,” he told the officers. “I came here to rescue and help you. I am the President of the United States, President Jesus.”
During the arrest, West’s mood turned wild. He was able to chuckle to himself on several occasions before bursting out furiously at the officers without warning.
When he was searched, West accused an officer of groping him. Later, he kept yelling “shut up” while the police talked to each other.
According to the police report obtained by DailyMail.com, West initially tried to run away from officers but was ordered to stop. One officer even pulled his taser on West without using the device.
† [West] started tucking his hands into the waistband of his trousers,” the officer’s report read. “During that time, I holstered my electronic control weapon (Taser 7) and initialized it (light and target lasers only) and continued to give verbal commands that West obeyed and fell to his knees with his hands in the air.”
The video ends with West handcuffed to a police car outside the station.
‘What have I done?’ West asked the police. ‘What have I done?’