Video footage has surfaced that appears to show former NBA player Delonte West acting erratically after getting beat up in the middle of a street in Washington, D.C.
A man that looks very much so like Delonte West could be seen in one clip discussing an alleged altercation with another man who he said had a gun.
When pressed for more details, the man repeatedly shouts “I don’t give a fuck!” before ranting about being the “leader of the muhf**kin got damn Navy Seals!” and calling himself “muhf**kin President Trump!”
Slim doing bad NBA need to offer him some help pic.twitter.com/b7MtTj9JAt
— Dr. Shaun Murphy (@damani_givens) January 21, 2020
Another viral video clip shows the man who appears to be West getting kicked and punched in the middle of the street.
Apparently Delonte West was seen getting beat up in the street this Morning. I went to school with him and it’s crazy to see just how his life has gone downhill since the NBA. pic.twitter.com/chm6Sbu9h6
— Measha?? (@N90sKindOfWorld) January 20, 2020
This is far from the first time Delonte West’s well-being has become a cause of concern in recent years.
Not even six months ago, back in August 2019, he was spotted somewhere in the streets looking down and out.
And back in 2016, he was spotted wandering around a Jack in the Box parking lot in Houston by himself with no shoes on and wearing a hospital gown.
When a fan approached him and asked “Are you Delonte West?” the ex-NBA player replied: “I used to be but I’m not about that life anymore.”
A few days later, videos surfaced (via Daily Mail) from January 2016 showing him dancing outside a strip mall and yelling at kids at a basketball game for kids under 12.
A few months later, in June 2016, someone snapped a photo of West walking on a road in his hometown of Prince George’s County, Maryland, and fans on social media speculated that he was homeless and begging for money.
West responded to the rumors, saying that they were far from the truth, and he was actually helping a homeless man.
“I was helping a homeless man in my neighborhood that’s paralyzed from [the] neck down,” he said at the time. “I parked my car and got out to help because it was 90-degree weather and I was feeling blessed at the moment for just having legs.”
All of these 2016 incidents forced his brother Dmitri to come forward and be truthful about West’s struggles with mental health, specifically, bipolar disorder and denounce rumors that he’s on drugs.
“Delonte West is not crazy, he is not on drugs. As far as I know, my brother was suffering from bipolar disorder
“I don’t know what exactly is going on in his mind but I can tell you that he is safe and he’s doing OK. My family are trying to get him the best professional help that’s out there, the best that they can afford.
“You can’t put this down to the basketball or money. He is in a great place, he has a beautiful son, a beautiful daughter and a wife that loves him and gives him tremendous support.
“But sometimes he has this illness that just comes upon him. This condition is like a cancer – it can affect anyone, rich or poor, regardless of whether you are an NBA player or a football player.”
Delonte West famously played with LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers between 2008 and 2010, but his time with the Cavs was marred by rumors that he was sleeping with LeBron’s mama Gloria James—a rumor he once denied, but later alluded to being true in a feature he did with Vice Sports.
“His middle name is Delonte but I didn’t want to name him Delonte West, Jr. just because of that,” he said about his son’s name.
“I don’t want my son going to school and people making fun of him for something his daddy did. He goin’ to school and ‘didn’t your daddy have sex with LeBron’s mamma?’ I don’t want him to deal with all that man.”
Delonte West hasn’t been in the NBA since 2012 when he played for the Dallas Mavericks.
Since then, he’s played for a couple of teams overseas and one minor league time, but he hasn’t touched a professional court since 2015 when he played for the Texas Legends.