*Former NBA player Delonte West has responded to a recent viral video of him panhandling on a highway in Richmond, Virginia.
“It is what it is,” West said when Image Direct caught up with the 38-year-old this week, TMZ Sports reported. “I got children. I’m in between jobs. People can help me as much as they can, but you know, as a man, I gotta do what I gotta do for my babies.”
We previously reported that the former NBA guard has battled mental health and addiction issues. In February, he attempted to make a come back by training to make the Big 3. He didn’t make the out, telling TMZ…”I was excited to have the opportunity. I’ll be there next season. I’ll be there rooting guys on, West said.
“I’m always involved in the game I love. Last year, I was scouting for the Dallas Mavericks and the previous three years, I was an NBA scout for the Boston Celtics.”
Roommates let’s keep former NBA player Delonte West in our prayers. Looks like he was spotted on the side of the road in Alexandria, VA recently. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/wmgVVmff2m
— TheShadeRoom (@TheShadeRoom) June 11, 2022
As noted by Black Enterprise, his coaching aspirations didn’t come to fruition.
“I was actually looking forward to being a head coach or assistant coach in the NBA this season, but like I said, it’s a business that have a lot of people involved and wanna stay involved.”
“Prayerfully, luckily, I’ll be up for discussion this upcoming season.”
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban helped get West into rehab in September 2020. He also orchestrated the reunion between West and his mother, according to Black Enterprise.