Delonte West Needs Help
Former Saint Joe’s star Delonte West is in the news cycle this morning after a pair of videos were published online, one of him getting beat up in the middle of the street, followed by a discussion with authorities in which most of what he says is indiscernible.
West, you may know, is bipolar and has struggled with his mental health following an NBA career that saw him play for the Celtics, Sonics, Cavaliers, and Mavericks. These are the videos in question, which resulted in public comments from Jameer Nelson, Phil Martelli, and others looking to get him help:
— Bob steal (@bob_steal) January 21, 2020
Martelli was West’s coach at Saint Joe’s and is now an assistant at Michigan. He wrote this in response to a tweet from Nelson, who was Delonte’s college teammate:
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. https://t.co/8IAuTdzCc9
— Phil Martelli (@PhilMartelli) January 21, 2020
TMZ Sports has spoken with Delonte’s former agent, Aaron Goodwin, who confirms the person in the video is in fact Delonte West.
Goodwin tells us West is currently recovering from the attack with family members but desperately needs medical attention.
Goodwin says West HAS a support system around him but his close friends and family members need more help to keep Delonte safe and out of trouble.
We’re told the NBA has and is offering to support West and his family. But, the reality is, they can only do so much.
I’ll update this if we learn anything else.