Troubled former NBA star Delonte West was seen loitering outside a 7/11 grocery store in Virginia, where he appeared to be asking people for money and at one point appeared to accept a handful of dollar bills.
The video emerges just days after West, 38, who suffers from bipolar disorder and previously played alongside NBA legend LeBron James, was filmed begging on the side of the road.
In new footage captured yesterday, West could be seen in the supermarket car park smoking cigarettes, chatting to seemingly random passers-by and climbing onto an ice bucket to plug his phone into an outlet.
West – who earned more than $16 million in his career – appeared to be asking people for money, and at one point attempted to accept a handful of cash from someone who was leaving the store.
The latest sightings come just weeks after he reportedly attempted to stage a basketball comeback.
Former NBA star Delonte West was seen loitering outside a 7/11 grocery store in Virginia days after footage of him surfaced by the side of the road
West appeared to be asking people for money, and at one point he wanted to accept a handful of dollar bills from someone exiting the store
Footage posted to social media over the weekend showed West at the edge of the freeway – also in Alexandria. It is still unclear when the recordings were made.
In a clip posted online, a fan exchanges pleasantries with the man believed to be West, saying, “My dog Delonte, how are you my brother?”
West’s reply was inaudible.
The driver who posted the images to Twitter appeared extremely surprised to see West on the side of the road.
‘Appears Delonte West on the Richmond Highway in Virginia 2 days ago. what happened so fast A few months ago I thought they were going to put him in the Big 3 league,” he tweeted.
Delonte West smokes a cigarette in front of a 7/11 in Alexandria, Virginia. He could be seen climbing onto an ice bucket to charge his phone in an outlet
The latest sightings come just weeks after he reportedly attempted to stage a basketball comeback
West earned over $16 million during his nine-year career, which ended after his only season with the Mavericks in 2011-2012 aged just 28
Delonte West spoke to people in a car that pulled up on July 11. It was unclear if he knew her
West began his NBA career when he was drafted in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics and eventually became a pick with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008 alongside LeBron James.
West earned over $16 million during his nine-year career, which ended after his only season with the Mavericks in 2011-2012 aged just 28. He was suspended indefinitely over a series of altercations and never returned to the NBA.
According to an April announcement, West was set to make a basketball comeback with The Big 3. However, a source told DaiyMail.com that he “didn’t show” the league’s May draft.
Founded in 2017 by Ice Cube, the Big 3 League – which features 3v3 matches – challenges veteran NBA players to fill their ranks.
West’s (center) NBA career is perhaps best remembered with the Cleveland Cavaliers, when he played with LeBron James (right) on one of the top teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference
Delonte West was picked up at a gas station in 2020 by Dallas Cowboys owner Mark Cuban
As for West’s problems, it’s not the first time he’s been asked for money on the street.
In 2009, he was stopped on a three-wheeled motorcycle, leading police to discover three firearms strapped to his body. He eventually pleaded guilty to gun charges and was ordered to undergo psychological counseling in addition to probation and community service.
Photos circulated in September 2020 showing West begging at an intersection in Dallas, Texas.
West was picked up by Cuban from a local gas station after this incident. Cuban then paid for West’s drug rehabilitation treatment.
A source confirmed to that West has since gone to rehab at least three times and has walked out each time.
A short video of meeting Cuban in 2020 went viral, prompting fans and friends to ask the former star to seek help.
Footage posted to social media over the weekend shows the former NBA star begging on the side of the freeway in Alexandria, Virginia
Distraught former NBA guard Delonte West was spotted begging on the side of the road in Alexanderia, Virginia
Most recently, in October, West unleashed a homophobic tirade at police, claiming he was a better player than James, when he was arrested for public intoxication in Florida.
West was pulled over by police in Boynton Beach, Fla. on Oct. 19 when he allegedly began banging on the local precinct’s glass doors. Police said he had open containers of beer and vodka and eventually charged him with resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication.
In police videos obtained by , West, 38, called officers “b****es” and “f*****s”. He also claimed to be the greatest basketball player of all time.
“N****, I was better than LeBron James,” West said, referring to his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate. “I’m better than [Michael] Jordan. I was the best N**** for every sport. Keep your mouth shut.’
Most recently, in October, West unleashed a homophobic tirade at police, claiming he was a better player than James, when he was arrested for public intoxication in Florida
In police videos obtained by , West, 38, calls officers “b****es” and “f*****s”. He also claims to be the greatest basketball player of all time
West went on to say that he is Jesus Christ and the President of the United States before mentioning Presidents Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Joe Biden.
“You just gave up your chance to go to heaven,” he told officials. “I came here to save you and to help you. I am the President of the United States—President Jesus.”
West’s mood fluctuated wildly during the arrest. He could be heard giggling to himself at various moments before lashing out at officers without warning.
When he was searched, West accused an officer of groping him. He later yelled “shut up” continuously while the police spoke among themselves.
According to the police report obtained by , West initially attempted to move away from officers but was told to stop. One officer even pointed his taser at West without using the device.
‘… [West] started putting his hands in the waistband of his pants,” the officer’s report said. “At the time, I unholstered and initialized my electronic control weapon (Taser 7) (lighting and aiming lasers only) and continued to give verbal commands, which West complied with, and fell to my knees with my hands up.”
The video ends with West being tied up in a police car outside the station.
‘What have I done?’ West asked the police. ‘What have I done?’