Monday, March 1, 2021

Delonte West’s Former Teammates Offer Help Following Disturbing Video of His Public Beat Down

Delonte West *After ex-NBA Delonte West was filmed receiving a beatdown on a busy street, and later shown handcuffed shirtless and bloody on a city curb, shouting expletives, the NBA, his former coach and teammates are speaking out about coming to West’s aid.

Prince George’s County Police Chief Henry P. Stawinski III confirmed on Tuesday that the officer who recorded the interaction was suspended pending an investigation into how the disturbing footage was made public,the Washington Post reports.

“In my view, I own that (video), this department owns that,” Stawinski said. “ … That’s evidence, and it’s irresponsible for that to be placed in the hands of the public, particularly when you start identifying individuals who are still subject to a serious assault and investigation.”

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Stawinski said footage of the altercation appeared to be captured on a cellphone and not an officer-worn body camera.

Aaron Goodwin, West’s former agent, told TMZ that West, who has long struggled with bipolar disorder, is currently recovering with family members.

Meanwhile, Jameer Nelson, who starred alongside West at Saint Joseph’s from 2001 to 2004, wrote Monday  on Twitter that he intends to “help him get through this.”

Phil Martelli, who coached West and Nelson at Saint Joseph’s, also  wrote on Twitter that he and others “are reaching out to our basketball network to get the professional help Delonte needs. This is so very painful.”

West, 36, last played in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2011-12 season. West previously told The Post’s Rick Maese that doctors diagnosed his bipolar disorder in 2008.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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