Troubled former NBA star Delonte West was seen loitering outside of a 7/11 convenience store in Virginia where he appeared to be asking people for money and at one point seemed to accept a handful of dollar bills.
The video emerges just a few weeks after West, 38, who suffers from bipolar disorder and previously played alongside NBA legend LeBron James, failed to turn up to his big basketball comeback.
It was announced in April that West was set to return to professional sports with The Big 3 – which features 3-on-3 games – was founded by Ice Cube in 2017, and calls on veteran NBA players to fill its ranks.
But a source told DaiyMail.com that he ‘no showed’ the league’s May draft. It’s not clear why he blew his chance.
In the new footage, taken yesterday, West was seen in the convenience store’s parking lot where he was smoking cigarettes, talking to seemingly random passersby, and climbing on top of an ice cooler to plug his phone into an outlet.
West – who earned more than $16million in his career – appeared to be asking people for money, and at one point looked to accept a handful of cash from somebody leaving the store.
Former NBA star Delonte West was seen loitering outside of a 7/11 convenience store in Virginia, days after footage of him panhandling on the side of the road surfaced
West appeared to be asking people for money, and at one point looked to accept a handful of dollar bills from somebody leaving the store
Footage posted to social media over the weekend showed West on the side of the highway – also in Alexandria. It remains unclear when the footage was recorded.
In one clip posted online, a fan exchanges pleasantries with the man believed to be West and says, ‘My dog Delonte, how you doing my brother?’
West’s response was not audible.
The driver who posted the pictures to Twitter seemed extremely surprised to see West on the side of the road.
‘Seems Delonte West on Richmond highway in Virginia 2 days ago. What happened so quick? A few months ago I thought they were trying to get him into the Big3 league,’ he tweeted.
Delonte West smoking a cigarette outside of a 7/11 in Alexandria, Virginia. He could be seen climbing on top of an ice cooler to charge his phone in an outlet
The recent sightings come just weeks after he was reportedly trying to stage a basketball comeback
West earned over $16 million during his nine-year career, which ended after his only season with the Mavericks in 2011-2012, when he was just 28
Delonte West speaking to people in a car who pulled up to the 7/11. It was unclear if he knew them
West started his NBA career when he was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft, and eventually became a starter alongside LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008.
West earned over $16 million during his nine-year career, which ended after his only season with the Mavericks in 2011-2012, when he was just 28. He was suspended indefinitely over a series of arguments and never returned to the NBA.
West’s (center) NBA career may be best remembered for his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers, when he played with LeBron James (right) on one of the best teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference
Delonte West was picked up by Dallas Cowboys owner Mark Cuban at a gas station in 2020
As for West’s troubles, it’s not the first time he’s been spotted asking for money on the streets.
In 2009 he was pulled over riding a three-wheeled motorcycle, leading police to discover three firearms strapped to his body. He ultimately pleaded guilty to weapon charges and was ordered to undergo psychological counseling, in addition to probation and community service.
In September 2020, photos circulated showing West panhandling at an intersection in Dallas, Texas.
West was picked up by Cuban from a local gas station after that incident. Cuban paid for West’s drug rehabilitation treatment afterwards.
A source confirmed to DailyMail.com that West had since entered rehab at least three times and has walked out on each occasion.
A brief video of the 2020 meeting with Cuban went viral, prompting fans and friends to plead for the former star to seek help.
Footage posted to social media over the weekend shows ex-NBA star, panhandling on the side of the highway in Alexandria, Virginia
Troubled former NBA guard Delonte West was seen panhandling at the side of a road in Alexanderia, Virginia
Most recently, in October, West unleashed a homophobic tirade at police and claimed he was a better player than James as he was being arrested for public intoxication in Florida.
West was stopped by police in Boynton Beach, Florida, on October 19 when he allegedly began banging on the glass doors of the local precinct. Police said he had open containers of beer and vodka, and ultimately charged him with resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication.
In the police videos obtained by DailyMail.com, the 38-year-old West called officers ‘b****es’ and ‘f*****s.’ He also claimed to be the greatest basketball player ever.
‘N****, I was better than LeBron James,’ West said, referring to his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate. ‘I’m better than [Michael] Jordan. I was the best n**** to play every sport. Shut the f*** up.’
Most recently, in October, West unleashed a homophobic tirade at police and claimed he’s a better player than James as he was being arrested for public intoxication in Florida
In the police videos obtained by DailyMail.com, the 38-year-old West calls officers ‘b****es’ and ‘f*****s.’ He also claims to be the greatest basketball player ever
West went on to say that he was Jesus Christ and the President of the United States before mentioning Presidents Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden.
‘You just gave up your chances of going to heaven,’ he told the officers. ‘I came here to save you and help you. I’m the President of the United States – President Jesus.’
West’s mood swung wildly during the arrest. He could be heard chuckling to himself at various moments before flying into a rage at the officers without warning.
When he was searched, West accused one officer of groping him. Later he continuously yelled ‘shut the f*** up’ as police talked among themselves.
According to the police report obtained by DailyMail.com, West initially attempted to walk away from officers, but was ordered to stop. One officer even pulled his taser on West without using the device.
‘… [West] began to place his hands inside the waistband of his pants,’ read the officer’s report. ‘At that time, I did unholster and initialize (light and target lasers only) my electronic control weapon (Taser 7) and continued to give verbal commands in which West did comply and dropped to his knees with his hands in the air.’
The video ends with West being cuffed in a police car outside the station.
‘What did I do?’ West asked police. ‘What did I do?’