DELONTE WEST is mad at the media. He’s mad at his salary and at the atrocious start to this lockout shortened season for his Dallas Mavericks. And you can even say West is somewhat disappointed that he won’t be going to the White House to meet President Obama with the rest of the team. All this was revealed by West himself during his Twitter rant on Saturday.
West first went on a rant about being unable to visit the White House (which is customary for pro sports champions to do) because of his past history with traffic and weapons charges.
“I’m banned from going to the White House, so I’m not going to make it,’’ West said after Saturday’s 96-81 win over the New Orleans Hornets. “But I’m going home to D.C., I’m just not allowed to go to the White House.
“That’s what happens when you make bad decisions in your life. You can’t go to the White House.’’
Once West arrived back in his native D.C., he tweeted his disappointment with the ban:
But what upset West the most was what he perceives as the media making him out to be some gun-toting thug by focusing on his weapons charge and White House ban and not on his 12 point, 4 assists game against the Hornets:
Yet apparently West is also here with Dallas to scream at the organization over his salary, going from $5 million (while with the Cavs) to a one-year league minimum $1.4 million in the aftermath of his legal troubles. West apparently pulled those comments from his Twitter page, offering instead an explanation and apology for his discontent:
Delonte West is the kind of guy that speaks his mind and more often than not, dude is correct in what he says. But where he gets into trouble is putting the focus of his rants on Twitter (first of all), the media and others. Look in the mirror first, Delonte. Like it or not, right or wrong, perception is reality in this society. You want to carry guns around and play the playa-pimp role, this is what you get.
But despite all his issues, West is a good guy and a solid role player for any team. He just comes with some baggage as he will readily admit: