Fans concerned for NBA player Delonte West after two worrying videos emerge online
Concerns have been raised for the welfare of former NBA player Delonte West after two worrying videos emerged online.
West played for the NBA for eight seasons as part of the Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks. At the height of his career, he earned upwards of $16 million.
In the first video, 36-year-old West can be seen being violently beaten up in the middle of the street.
Watch the heartbreaking footage below:
Meanwhile, in the second, West can be seen sitting on the curb, having recently been beaten up. He is shouting profanities at his attacker and appears to be in an extremely volatile state of mind.
Watch the concerning footage below:
West hasn't played for the then D-League since 2015. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008.
Needless to say, the videos have prompted widespread concern for West's wellbeing from fans and sporting professionals alike.
Phil Martelli said that he was reaching out to his contacts in the basketball world in a bid to get West the help he desperately needs.
Taking to Twitter, Martelli wrote: "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."
This is not the first time that the 36-year-old has found himself in trouble off the court. A decade ago in 2010, after pleading guilty to two weapons charges, he was sentenced to eight months home detention, two months of probation, and 40 hours of community service.
Then, in 2016, a fan witnessed him walking outside a Jack in the Box restaurant without wearing any shoes. Now, many are praying for West's health, and some have pleaded with NBA to stage an intervention.
Dez Bryant wrote: "I see a lot [of] dumb comments where folks making fun of Delonte west... this is not a joking matter .... I'm going to figure out how I can help him.... he need [sic] to be in rehab or something..."
Tom Westerholm added: "Really hope the @NBA and @TheNBPA find a way to help Delonte West."
"Delonte West is not doing well, how do we do something about this?" questioned Nathaniel Friedman.
And Landry Locker arguably put it best, writing: "That Delonte West stuff is so damn sad. One of the most entertaining athletes ever and always came across as very happy. Mental health ain't no joke. Hard to watch. Loved that dude. Someone needs to help him."
We can only echo these statements. Hopefully, West gets the help he needs and deserves.