The words Delonte West trending on Twitter on Monday night. The reason was painful for so many to see. This funny man, this great basketball talent, at a low point, in handcuffs, almost incoherent, shirtless on a curb, asked about a fight. West on the ground being hit by another man on the street, also captured on video.
Slim doing bad NBA need to offer him some help pic.twitter.com/b7MtTj9JAt
— Maybe: Damani (@damani_givens) January 21, 2020
This is allegedly Delonte West getting beat up in the middle of the road. Prayers up for this man. pic.twitter.com/EWjQbCJDXz
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) January 21, 2020
West’s troubles with mental illness had been long established, even as he played out his NBA career. In 2009, West was arrested after officers pulled him over for speeding on a motorcycle while carrying two loaded handguns and a loaded shotgun in a guitar case, riding on the Capital Beltway when he cut off an officer, who pulled him over. He was suspended for 10 games after pleading guilty to gun charges.
Mental illness is not a foreign topic in the sports world, certainly not in the NBA. Starting this season, the league requires teams to have at least one full-time mental health professional. Last fall, the league hosted a mandatory health and wellness meeting for team executives. In 2018, the National Basketball Players Association announced its own mental health and wellness program. That same year, Philadelphia natives Marcus and Markieff Morris both detailed to ESPN how they were living with depression. Many others have come forward to tell of their struggles. – Mike Jenson, Philadelphia Inquirer
Delonte West’s peers eager to show there support with encouragement The reason was painful for so many to see him in that situation. Others used the situation to make jokes and memes. His friends peers took social media ro defend him.
One time for Delonte West. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/E9JxVUd5V5
— ThrowbackHoops (@ThrowbackHoops) January 21, 2020
— Jameer Nelson (@jameernelson) January 21, 2020
— E🅰️T🆖_ _G💰💰D 🙏🏿 (@3legsand2eggs) January 21, 2020
. @twitter needs to take down that video of #DelonteWest .. people making ignorant comments bc social media makes everyone’s life feel like a video game. This is real life & a real serious issue. It could affect you. Remember the man w/ a family you are commenting on. pic.twitter.com/OGvOleWpSN
— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) January 21, 2020
I see a lot dumb comments where folks making fun of Delonte west… this is not a joking matter …. I’m going to figure out how I can help him…. he need to be in rehab or something…
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) January 21, 2020
Not sitting well with me right now waking up today and it really hit me, a brother, a father , a teammate and great man with a kind heart. Sole reason I went to Roosevelt was because of Eddie Basden and Delonte West two guys I’ve looked up to and call big brothers 🙏🏾 #HelpRedz pic.twitter.com/0brl256TWf
— Ray Brewer (@FeatheryRay) January 21, 2020