ST JOE’S AND NBA’S DELONTE WEST IN CUSTODY IN VIRGINIA

By Mike Grimm

Former St. Joe’s and NBA point guard Delonte West suffered a medical emergency as he was attempting to evade Virginia police trying to serve him a warrant early Thursday, according to a report.

He reportedly collapsed and was discovered by officers, hospitalized, and later arrested on misdemeanor charges of violating the conditions of his release and resisting arrest.

West, 40, “took off” as officers with the Fairfax County Police Department approached him, according to TMZ Sports. The tabloid reported that officers pursued him on foot, losing sight of him briefly, only to find him “unresponsive” shortly after.

“Narcan was administered by officers,” the department told TMZ in a statement, “but [it] did not have the desired effect. He was transported to a local hospital and Narcan was administered again, which yielded the desired effect. West was released from the hospital and transported to the [Fairfax County Detention Center].”

He remained in custody as of Thursday afternoon, according to online records. He is scheduled to be arraigned in court this morning.

West last played for the Dallas Mavericks in 2012. Over eight seasons in the NBA, he also played stints with the Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, and Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 9.7 points and 3.6 assists per game, according to ESPN. He disclosed that he’d been diagnosed with bipolar disorder during his time in the league.

He has battled substance abuse issues in more recent years. In Sept. 2020, after photos of West apparently panhandling at a Dallas intersection circulated online, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban picked him up at a gas station and took him to a rehabilitation facility in Florida. Four months later, it was reported that West was working at that same center.

But he faltered publicly later that year, rolling up to a Florida police station belligerently drunk in October. He was eventually taken into custody after thumping on the station’s glass doors, cursing loudly.

He was arrested again in Fairfax County in Oct. 2022, after being spotted trying to break into a car. He was booked on four misdemeanor charges, records show.

Here’s how The Athletic’s Dana O’Neill described him last October:

Twenty years ago, Phil Martelli and his Saint Joseph’s Hawks captivated college basketball, the team from a tiny Catholic school rolling to a 27-0 start and eventually into the 2004 Elite Eight.

Two players from that team were drafted in the first round, a feat nearly as improbable as the Hawks’ run.

One, Jameer Nelson, played 14 years in the NBA and is now the assistant general manager with the Philadelphia 76ers G League team, the Delaware Blue Coats.

The other, Delonte West, has been, the last anyone’s heard, living outside of a 7-11 in Alexandria, Va. He sent the texts to Martelli.

A host of people, people with means and contacts — Martelli, Nelson, Mark Cuban, Jayson Williams – have tried to help West. Save him, really. They are basketball people, after all. In the business of getting results. It is what coaches and athletes live for, why team owners buy into the allure of sports — the thirst for a win, the ecstasy of victory.

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