One year after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban helped persuade him to go to rehab, troubled former NBA guard Delonte West was arrested Tuesday in a bizarre incident in Florida for resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication.
West, who previously said he’s battled bipolar disorder, was stopped by police in Boynton Beach, Florida around 9pm when he allegedly began banging on the glass doors of the local precinct.
According to the police report obtained by WPTV.com, West was screaming profanities while holding open containers of beer and vodka.
Delonte West (pictured) was stopped by police in Boynton Beach, Florida around 9pm when he allegedly began banging on the glass doors of the local police department
Delonte West pictured playing for the Mavs against his former college teammate and longtime friend Jameer Nelson in 2012
He initially attempted to walk away from officers, but was ordered to stop. At one point West, 38, put his hands in his pocket, prompting an officer to draw his taser.
West was then handcuffed but ‘continued to be belligerent’ while ‘screaming profanities.’
Officers noticed West’s speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol.
He was released from jail around 6am on Wednesday.
The arrest occurred about 13 months after he checked into a Florida drug treatment facility at the urging of Cuban, who also reunited West with his estranged mother last year.
During a previous episode in 2020, West met Mavs owner Mark Cuban (left), who persuaded the former St. Joseph’s star to attend rehab after picking up him at a has station (right)
A Twitter user known as Eazy B wrote in 2020 that he stumbled into West and bought the former NBA guard Popeyes chicken
West was pictured in 2020 begging alongside a Dallas-area intersection (pictured)
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban shared a photo on Twitter in 2020 of West, pictured right, in a rehab facility. West is seen riding horses with former NBA star Jason Williams (left)
Cuban shared the photo to Twitter in 2020 after he helped West off the streets
The search for West in September of 2020 began when a photograph of the former first-round pick begging on the streets of Dallas went viral. A concerned Cuban reached out to West’s mother Delphina Addison, who asked the billionaire to track down her son, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Ultimately Cuban was able to get in touch with West, and the two arranged to meet at the gas station, according to TMZ.
West was then brought to a local hotel by Cuban, who paid for West’s treatment.
Through a team spokesman, Cuban declined to comment on the situation to the Daily Mail.
West’s family had been trying desperately to persuade him to enter rehab for some time, according to TMZ.
Cuban confirmed the gas station meeting to ESPN, which referred to West as ‘homeless.’
West, a father of two, is still married to his second wife, Caressa. It’s unclear if she is in touch with West at this time.
In what has become a sadly regular occurrence for West, brief video of the meeting with Cuban went viral, prompting fans and friends to plead for the former St. Joseph’s star to seek help.
West’s former Saint Joseph’s teammate, ex-NBA star Jameer Nelson (left), and their one-time coach Phil Martelli expressed their concern on social media after the videos went viral
Video of West being pummeled on a Maryland highway went viral in January of 2020. West, who previously revealed that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008, is not seen fighting back in the footage. Rather, the 6-foot-4 Washington D.C. native appears to be incapacitated as his assailant stomps on his motionless body
Ten months earlier, another viral video showed West being pummeled along a Maryland highway.
West, who previously revealed that he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008, is not seen fighting back in the footage. Rather, the 6-foot-4 Washington D.C. native appears to be incapacitated as his assailant stomps on his motionless body.
THE RISE AND FALL OF DELONTE WEST
The following is a brief timeline of Delonte West’s basketball career and his subsequent personal problems:
- 2001: While playing at Eleanor Roosevelt High in Greenbelt, Maryland, West is named the Washington Post’s All Met Basketball Player of the Year
- 2001-2004: West attends St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia, where he teams with Jameer Nelson to lead the Hawks to an undefeated regular season in his final year before reaching the NCAA Tournament’s Elite 8
- 2004-2015: After being picked by the Boston Celtics with the 24th-overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft, West bounces around the NBA, most notably teaming with LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers for two seasons. Ultimately he finishes his NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks in 2012 before moving on to stints in the NBA’s G League and in China
- 2008: West reveals he suffers from bipolar disorder, but later disputes the diagnosis
- 2009: West is pulled over riding a three-wheeled motorcycle, leading police to discover three firearms strapped to his body. He ultimately pleaded guilty to weapon charges and was ordered to undergo psychological counseling, in addition to probation and community service
- 2011: West reveals he applied for a job at Home Depot during the NBA lockout
- 2016: A photo emerges of West panhandling in suburban Washington D.C.
- January of 2020: Viral video surfaces showing West being beaten by another man on a Washington-area highway
- September of 2020: Photos circulate showing West panhandling along a street in Dallas, prompting Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to reach out and help the former first-round pick enter himself into a rehab facility in Florida
- October of 2021: West is arrested for resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication after allegedly banging on a police station’s doors with open containers of alcohol and screaming profanities.
Price George’s County (Maryland) Police did arrive on the scene, briefly handcuffing West while he shared his side of the story. According to police, a female witness claimed the fight began when one man hit the other with a bottle.
Both men refused medical assistance and declined to press charges. Neither were publicly identified by police, but West is seen rambling incoherently about the incident in a second body cam video.
The men were known to each other, according to the police statement.
West’s former Saint Joseph’s University teammate, ex-NBA star Jameer Nelson, and their one-time coach Phil Martelli expressed their concern on social media after the videos went viral.
‘I’m sick today,’ Nelson wrote. ‘Mental illness is something that a lot of people deal with and don’t even know it, until sometimes it’s too late. I’m not sure what exactly is going on with Dwest but he knows I’m in his corner and will help him get through this.
‘Yes, I’ve spoken to him Over the past several months, just trying to be there for him as a friend.’
Nelson ended his statement by pleading for everyone to be respectful.
‘And please be mindful, when you posting videos or pictures of somebody,’ he wrote. ‘You may think your (sic) helping but you might be hurting them even more. People have kids and their kids don’t deserve to be embarrassed. Please Pray!’
Martelli, now an assistant coach at Michigan, responded to Nelson’s statement on Twitter: ‘Over the past several hours I have talked with many who are willing to help – please read and embrace Jameer’s wisdom – we are reaching out to our basketball network to get the professional help Delonte needs. This is so very painful.’
West first made headlines along with Nelson and Martelli on a Saint Joseph’s team that went 27-0 in the 2004 regular season and earned a top seed for the NCAA tournament before losing to Oklahoma State in the Elite 8.
He was then drafted by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft and eventually became a starter alongside LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008.
West continued to bounce around the NBA after that, playing in the D-League and even signing in China, but mental health issues began to overshadow his career.
In 2009 he was pulled over riding a three-wheeled motorcycle, leading police to discover three firearms strapped to his body. He ultimately pleaded guilty to weapon charges and was ordered to undergo psychological counseling, in addition to probation and community service.
In 2016 a photo emerged of him panhandling in suburban Washington D.C., but it was never proven that he was actually homeless at the time.
According to Complex Sports, West was seen wandering around Houston without shoes five years ago.
West earned over $16 million during his nine-year career, which ended after his only season with the Mavericks in 2011-2012, when he was just 28.
West’s NBA career may be best remembered for his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, when he played with LeBron James (right) on one of the best teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference