About an hour ago the Washington Post’s Matt Zapatosky reported that Delonte West was arrested on Thursday and ‘charged with speeding and two counts of carrying a handgun.’
According to the report, West was driving a ‘three-wheeled motorcycle’ and when he was pulled over for cutting off a Prince George’s police office on I-95 ‘West told the officer that he was carrying a handgun in his waistband.’
Sadly, it appears West was rolling more like Maurice Clarett.
According to Maj. Andy Ellis, West had on him the following weapons:
1. A Beretta 9mm in his waistband.
2. A Ruger .357 strapped to his leg.
3. A shotgun in a guitar case slung over his back.
Now if you step back and picture this scene - beyond the fact that it is scary - it is eerily bizarre. Just picture Delonte first on a three-wheeled motorcycle, and then with a guitar case strapped to his back, while driving…that’s weird enough - with out the three guns.
Frankly, I am scared and saddened by this news. Delonte West has publicly battled depression in the past, and it seemed – from the outside – that he’d found a sense of peace, and a home in Cleveland. His sense of humor and personality had gained him some national props over the past season, and his play on the court has made him a no-trade, core playing, building block for the Cavaliers’organization. He has provided us with some hilarious soundbites, and from that, we interpreted him to be happy. If this news is true however, it appears he’s still battling his demons, and I hope he finds the help and support that he needs. Thank God nobody got hurt, and here’s hoping something good can somehow come from this for Delonte the person…because without ever meeting him, he still seems like a good guy to me. We’re praying for you kid.
Hat Tip: The Washington Post
Brian Windhorst first reported on this story at 3:06 today, and updated his article at 4:50 to include a comment from Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry.
Via Cleveland.com, Brian Windhorst:
“We are aware of the situation and take this matter very seriously,” Cavs general manager Danny Ferry said in a statement. “We have been in communication with Delonte and his family. We are gathering more information and will not have further comment until the appropriate time.”
UPDATE (Sunday): Cavs Beat – Delonte West Situation