DELONTE WEST has broken its silence after some worrying footage of the former NBA star surfaced.
The 38-year-old played alongside LeBron James a decade ago.
But he’s been through tough times, and footage has recently emerged showing him begging by the side of a Virginia freeway.
Video clips appeared showing West begging on the freeway.
A man in a truck is heard saying, “My dog Delonte, eh [are] Are you doing my brother?”, according to a clip shared on social media.
Pictures then also showed the ex-basketball player hanging in front of a 7/11 supermarket.
But in an interview with TMZ Sports, West made a move to reassure fans he was fine.
He said: “It is what it is. i have children I’m between jobs.
“People can help me in any way they can, but you know, as a man, I have to do what I have to do for my babies.”
West played alongside James for the Cleveland Cavaliers between 2008 and 2010.
The veteran was part of the Big 3 draft pool alongside former NBA stars like Ty Lawson, Renaldo Balkman and Jordan Crawford.
West, who has battled addiction, was spotted in a hospital gown on the streets of Houston in 2016, reportedly begging for a change.
The former Cavalier was apparently spotted begging in north Dallas in September 2020.
Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, picked him up at a gas station just days later after the photos went viral.
Cuban reportedly took West to a Florida rehab center and paid for his treatment.
In January 2021, the Athletic reported that West had accepted a job at the therapy center.
West was arrested in Boynton Beach, Fla., in October 2021 after reportedly banging on the police department lobby doors, according to WPTV.
An arrest report claimed West hurled insults and continued to yell at officers when they told him to stop.
According to the police report, he was carrying two open containers of alcohol.
Police said West smelled of alcohol and slurred his speech.
He was accused of resisting arrest without violence and illegal intoxication.
West was released on bail on the morning of October 20, 2021.
He played seven seasons in the NBA after being selected by the Boston Celtics as the 24th pick in the 2004 draft.
West averaged 12.2 points per game for Boston during the 2006-07 season.
He was then traded to the Cavaliers and spent two and a half seasons in Ohio.
West then moved back to Boston and joined the Mavericks before his contract was canceled in 2012.
He played in the NBA D-League for the Texas Legends in 2013 before playing in China for Fujian Xunxing and the Shanghai Sharks.
West was re-signed by the Texas Legends in March 2015, but suffered a season-ending career injury and his contract was canceled a month later.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5614993/delonte-west-nba-freeway-7-11/ Delonte West breaks the silence after he was spotted begging on the motorway and hanging out outside a shop