Former NBA star Delonte West has been arrested following a drunken incident with police.
According to Sports Illustrated, the former basketball guard was arrested last night in Florida by Boynton Beach police. The 38-year-old was allegedly shouting profanities at the police while also beating on the Boynton Beach police department’s lobby doors. West was also allegedly in possession of an open can of beer, as well as an open bottle of vodka, at the time of the incident and arrest.
After putting the open containers of alcohol down on the sidewalk outside of the police station, West then allegedly started reaching into his pants as if to grab something, according to the sports outlet.
West was then allegedly promptly tased by one of the responding police officers.
According to the police report, West stunk of alcohol and was exhibiting slurred speech at the time of the incident. The report also states that when the police officers attempted to arrest the intoxicated West, he "continued to be belligerent, screaming profanities and obscure rants."
West was released from the Boynton Beach jail early this morning. He has been charged with three offenses: resisting an officer without violence, disorderly intoxication and having an open container.
The former NBA guard reportedly announced in 2015 that, years prior in 2008, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
West’s final season in the NBA was with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2011-2012 season, and soon after finishing with the association he quickly began suffering from substance abuse and homelessness.
The incident yesterday comes a little more than a year after West first checked into a Florida rehab center after Mavericks owner Mark Cuban picked him up outside of a Dallas gas station and reunited him with his mother at a hotel.
West subsequently agreed to check into the rehab facility, and Cuban even went so far as to offer to pay for West’s treatment.
Until yesterday’s incident, West’s recovery seemed to be going really well. It was reported in January that West had finished rehab and was given a job at the very rehab facility he attended during his recovery.
According to the police records, the troubled former athlete is due in court for his arraignment sometime next month.