Ex-NBA guard Jameer Nelson speaks out on Delonte West’s current condition
Several clips of Delonte West are circulating online, showing the former NBA player apparently getting beat up and handcuffed on the street. His former college teammate Jameer Nelson became aware of West’s situation and called for prayers and help.
Nelson also asked the public to be mindful of sharing the said clips. He shared that he had spoken with West over the past several months and vowed to help him get through the difficult situation.
Nelson and west are teammates at Saint Joseph’s from 2001 to 2004.
Delonte West's former college teammate Jameer Nelson offers up his thoughts on West's current tragic situation.
We hope you get the help you need Delonte 🙏 pic.twitter.com/EvhsmHSJNG
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 21, 2020
After a reported altercation, below is the clip of West handcuffed and in really bad shape mentally and physically.
Slim doing bad NBA need to offer him some help pic.twitter.com/b7MtTj9JAt
— Maybe: Damani (@damani_givens) January 21, 2020
Below is the incident prior, which reportedly took place in Washington D.C.
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
Prior to this, various reports have said that West — who spent seven seasons in the NBA — has been in an awful situation for the past several years. In 2016, there were reports that he is homeless and in desperate need of money.
Moreover, early last year, a photo of him looking homeless made rounds on social media. Delonte’s cousin then spoke about the incident and revealed that the former NBA guard has been struggling with mental health issues.
West was the 24th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. He played for the Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Dallas Mavericks. His stint with the Cavs with LeBron James is easily his best season, as he was an intrinsic part of the Wine and Gold’s playoff campaign.
He last played in the 2011-12 NBA season but brought his talents to the G League in the following year. After that, he went back and forth from China, the NBA Summer League, to Venezuela, then to the G League once again.
In his NBA career, Delonte West averaged 9.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists.