EX Texas Legends basketballer Delonte West was spotted in the streets of Dallas begging for money and battling drug abuse.
A picture has surfaced allegedly showing West asking for money on June 12, 2022, according to HITC.
Delonte West played basketball for various teams in the NBACredit: Getty Images – Getty
Who is Delonte West?
Delonte West, 37, is a retired NBA player from Washington, D.C.
West was traded several times in his career and played with the Boston Celtics, the Dallas Mavericks, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He also had a stint abroad in China playing for the Shanghai Sharks.
He married Caressa Suzzette Madden on April 10, 2013, and the couple have one son, Cash.
What happened to him?
West had been in the league for some time prior to being suspended for the first ten ages of the 2010-2011 season after facing weapon charges in Maryland.
He had also suffered various injuries, including one in 2015 while playing for the Texas Legends which cost him the rest of the season.
A photo alleging to show the NBA player went viral as he allegedly spotted in 2016 wearing a hospital gown in the streets of Houston begging for change.
Later that year, fans claim to have seen him panhandling in Maryland.
West denied the rumors that he was homeless and claims he was helping a homeless man that day.
He also had taken a job at Home Depot during the 2011 NBA lockout.
At the start of 2020, he was beaten on a highway in Washington, DC, and went viral again on Twitter.
On October 19, 2021, West was held after allegedly resisting arrest in Boynton Beach, Florida.
He was allegedly banging on doors at a police department while intoxicated, according to WPTV.
According to the police report, West was also yelling obscenities and carrying two open containers of alcohol.
Police said West smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech.
He was charged with “resisting an officer without violence, disorderly intoxication and having an open container,” according to WPTV.
West was reportedly released on bail the morning of Wednesday, October 20, 2021.
What is the drugs video?
After West was arrested and placed on the side of the highway for being involved in an altercation in 2020, a video appeared allegedly showing him on drugs.
The ex-basketball star can be seen handcuffed and speaking nonsense to the cop holding the camera.
He looked disheveled and appeared to be missing teeth while only wearing a pair of pants.
Cars can be seen halted in traffic as West engaged in a hustle and bustle with a stranger in the middle of the street.
He was arrested but no charges were pressed.
What did Mark Cuban do for him?
On September 22, 2020, West was allegedly spotted begging for money again in a Dallas street, according to the Washington Post.
Fans quickly came to his defense with some claiming that they even gave him money.
One said: “Just saw Delonte West and gave him some money.”
Another concerned Twitter user urged the NBA to help him get back on his feet saying: “Can we really get Delonte West some help??? I’m so serious @NBA.”
Another added: “I feel bad for Delonte West only because he had it made and I think mental health and him absorbing all that negative energy destroyed his whole character!”
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban got in contact with West in 2020 in order to help him.
Cuban offered to help West get back on his feet and seek drug abuse treatment at a rehab facility.
He picked up the ex-NBA player at a Texas gas station and drove him to a nearby hotel as he worked with West’s family to come up with a game plan for him.
West was taken to rehab and Cuban shared progress updates of the former basketball player on Twitter.
It is unclear if he is still attending rehab.
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