There has been widespread concern for Delonte West since the release of a disturbing video showing West being beaten on the streets of Washington D.C.
The footage left a lot of people shaken and asking a lot of questions.
Is West OK? Was this a random act of violence? Who was beating him?
Now, some new details are starting to emerge.
Warning: the following video contains violence that some viewers may find distressing.
Apparently Delonte West was seen getting beat up in the street this Morning. I went to school with him and it’s crazy to see just how his life has gone downhill since the NBA. pic.twitter.com/chm6Sbu9h6
— Measha⚡️ (@N90sKindOfWorld) January 20, 2020
The Prince George County Police Department said Tuesday that according to one witness, West started the fight by hitting the other man with a glass bottle.
The police also stated that the two men knew each other, refused to cooperate with detectives and refused to press charges.
— Own Your Masters (@ThaArchitect) January 21, 2020
According to West’s former agent Aaron Goodwin, West has been recovering from his wounds but “desperately needs medical attention” (via TMZ).
Goodwin added that West has a support system of friends and family around him.
Additionally, the National Basketball Players Association has “extensively supported” West financially, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, and helped with his move from Dallas (where West last played professional basketball) to Maryland (where he currently lives with his mother).
His former college teammate Jameer Nelson has frequently been in touch, while Mark Cuban and Danny Ainge are also among those who have reached out.
Delonte West's former college teammate Jameer Nelson offers up his thoughts on West's current tragic situation.
We hope you get the help you need Delonte 🙏 pic.twitter.com/EvhsmHSJNG
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 21, 2020
But according to Charania, who spoke with several of West’s closest confidants following the incident, the real problem is that West always seems to refuse professional help.
Here’s hoping that changes soon.