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Delonte West explains the night of his arrest

Sep 21, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

Delonte West

We’ve heard all sorts of stories about how DeLonte West was arrested driving a three-wheel Can-Am Spyder with multiple weapons in the trunk. We heard how the league suspended him 10 games. How he had to serve out probation. How he had to have treatment for his bipolar disorder. Through it all a caricature of a gun-toting West developed.

What we had never heard was West’s side of the story.

As part of a great feature at SLAM — go read the whole thing — West explains what happened that fateful night in the summer of 2009. The story starts with how West — an avid hunter — had the guns secured in the basement recording studio of his home in Maryland.

Everything was fine—the guns remained safely hidden—until, on the night of September 17, feeling unusually tired, West went to his bedroom pretty early, took his nightly dose of Seroquel (a drug that treats bipolar disorder) and got in bed. Shortly after falling asleep, he was startled awake by shouting.

“Ma Dukes came running upstairs into my room, cursing me, saying she wanted all these MFers out of my house,” recalls West. “I came to like, What’s going on? I was already on my Seroquel trip. A few of my cats had found some stuff in the studio and they were living the whole gangsta life thing—guns in the air and this and that,” continues West. “And I said, ‘Oh my God. What the f— are y’all doin’ in here? Y’all got to go. Momma ain’t on that. Kids are running around upstairs. It’s time to go.’”

Gassed up from the commotion, West decided it would be prudent for him to relocate the guns to an empty house he owned nearby…

“I’m on the Beltway, cruisin’,” West says, voice high, emotional and inimitable. “Soon I start realizing I’m dozing in and out. I open my eyes and I went from this lane to that. I’m swervin’, and by the time I wake up, I’m about three exits past my exit.

“There’s this truck flying beside me—” West pauses; this next part is crucial—“and I’m scared to death. So I seen an officer coming up and I try to flag him down. I pull up next to him. He slows down and I get up in front of him. I tell the officer I’m not functioning well and I’m transporting weapons… The rest of the story is what it is.”

Seriously, you need to go read the whole story.

West is now off the house arrest that hampered him last season (there was not arriving early to Celtics practices or even attending unofficial team events).

West is a free agent whenever the lockout ends. He is sure to get interest from teams to provide depth at guard.

  1. readysethike - Sep 21, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    he’s going to remain a Celtic, Ainge already said before the lockout started that they planned on bringing him back.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Delonte is the type of player every good team needs. He will have a long career as a result.

  3. missmomo1 - Sep 22, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Wow. There’s always 2 sides to every story. I’m so glad there’s more to this story than how the media was trying to spin it. I like Delonte, hope he stays a Celtic.

  4. dp0609 - Sep 22, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    UMM, I guess everyone missed the part of him being bipolar and owning a lot of weapons. Usually having a phychiatric condition procludes you from purchasing them. Here in my state when your filling out the forms for a weapons purchase they ask you about your mental history. If you answer yes to those questions you can’t buy it.

  5. mcsweeney21 - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:47 AM

    It’s amazing what lawyers can come up with.

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