Delonte West photo rehashes history of mental illness

By Alex Butler   |   Feb. 23, 2016 at 7:41 PM
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HOUSTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Just five years ago, Delonte West was frequenting NBA arenas, flashing his point guard skills.

But West recently found himself shoeless, in a hospital gown in the middle of a Jack in the Box parking lot.

A fan spotted West about 10 p.m. near the Houston-area restaurant.

The fan asked West: "Are you Delonte West?"

He responded: "I used to be, but I'm not about that life anymore," according to a TMZ report.

Photos of the incident have since been deleted from the fan's Instagram account.

West, 32, has previously admitted to struggles with bipolar disorder and a childhood with "mental health issues," according to the Washington Post.

The Post reported that he also cut himself and swallowed "pills with names he couldn't pronounce."

"I've never shared this like this," West told the Post's Rick Maese last April. "...but I used to try to kill myself all the time."

"I took all that and put everything into basketball," West said. "You can't laugh at this on the court."

Several people have since reposted the picture, including New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall wrote the caption: "This is why @michi_marshall and I started @project375 Delonte West was recently spotted wandering around in Houston with no shoes. What do you see? Crazy? Idiot? Bum? Sick? Lost? Hurting?"

West frequently posted workout videos last year after finishing a short playing stint with the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.

West was drafted in the first round in the 2004 NBA Draft, when the Boston Celtics selected him out of St. Joseph's with the No. 24 pick. He averaged 9.7 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game in 432 career contests. West played three seasons in Boston, before playing for the Seattle Sonics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks.

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