A witness instructed police that former NBA star Delonte West threw a glass bottle at one other man Monday to set off a surreal scene caught on video that has many within the basketball neighborhood pleading the previous level guard to get assist.
Police stated they responded to an early-morning name a few combat close to the MGM Nationwide Harbor on line casino, situated simply throughout the border from Washington in Prince George’s County, Md. When officers arrived, they noticed a person bleeding from the face and “made the choice to handcuff” West.
Video shot by a police officer reveals the 36-year-old West shirtless and handcuffed whereas sitting on a Maryland sidewalk, and one other video reveals West showing to be crushed up in the midst of a highway.
TMZ on Tuesday reported the witness account, which stated West prompted the combat by hitting the opposite man with a bottle a number of occasions. TMZ reported West stated somebody approached him with a gun, which was not confirmed.
Police stated West and the opposite man knew one another and have been arguing earlier that morning. Each refused to press expenses or settle for medical remedy.
The police officer who shot the video was suspended after it was leaked to social media and went viral.
Delonte West in 2009Anthony J. Causi/New York PostWest, a former first-round decide within the NBA draft who made $16 million taking part in for the Celtics, SuperSonics, Cavaliers and Mavericks, was identified with bipolar dysfunction in 2008.
He final performed within the NBA in 2012, and his skilled profession fizzled out in 2015 following two stops within the Chinese language Basketball Affiliation.
Monday’s incident was the newest to hold forth alarms, as Jameer Nelson, West’s faculty teammate at Saint Joseph’s, and former St. Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli have been amongst those that requested for West to obtain medical assist.
“I’m sick at this time [sic] my abdomen proper now seeing the movies of Delonte,” Nelson wrote. “To reply everyone that’s reaching out to me about his state of affairs … all we will do is pray for Him and his household and hope that he seeks the right assist. Psychological sickness is one thing that lots of people cope with and don’t even realize it, till typically it’s too late. I’m unsure what precisely is occurring with Dwest however he is aware of I’m in his nook and can assist him get by this.
The issues about West’s well-being are well-documented. In 2016, he reportedly was noticed ambling round a Jack In The Field car parking zone in Houston, whereas showing to be raveled.
When somebody requested whether or not he was Delonte West, he reportedly responded: “I was, however I’m not about that life anymore.”
Two years later, West was photographed sporting ragtag apparel and carrying a cardboard signal.
West stated in an announcement he was solely serving to a “homeless man in my neighborhood that’s paralyzed from the neck down.”
West married in 2013 and has two sons, however it unclear whether or not he nonetheless is in that relationship.
— With AP