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Rockets reinstate previously suspended rookie Royce White

Jan 26, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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The Rockets have reinstated rookie Royce White, the team and player announced together via a joint release.

White was suspended by the Rockets back on Jan. 6 for “refusing to provide services as required by his Uniform Player Contract,” with a refusal to report for a D-League assignment right at the top of the list.

It was reported a few days ago that he was close to reaching an agreement with the team to return.

White has been open and honest about his struggles dealing with an anxiety disorder from the very beginning, and wanted certain protocols put into place to provide what he considers to be a safe environment for him to pursue his NBA career.

The way he went about it, however, by ranting on Twitter and engaging anyone who had an interest, likely made this process take a lot longer than it should have.

The official release, in its entirety, reads as follows:

Houston Rockets and Royce White have today reached an agreement that addresses the major issues that they have been discussing, provides a new start, and gives Royce the best opportunity for long term success as a Houston Rocket.

This has been a learning process for both parties.

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have approved the settlement.

Royce is no longer suspended and is re-instated effective immediately.

He will report to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on February 11, 2013.

If everything has truly been addressed, then we’ll find out if White will be able to perform at the professional level once he begins his D-League assignment.

It could be months, though, before the Rockets truly find out whether or not he’s more trouble than he’s worth.

  1. shanelsweet - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    So sad when an employee has to force an employer to do something that doesn’t harm anyone. I’m glad Royce stuck it out. He’s a hero to the rest of us disabled folks. The folks on here who are heckling him should be ashamed of themselves for making fun.

    • cosanostra71 - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Yeah, the Rockets are real a-holes for asking the guy to show up for work.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      A hero? Oh man you are just nauseating….

  2. bleedburgandyandgold - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    @shanelsweet I agree with you but Royce could have and should have went about it in a different way. So could have Houston but I guess in the long run all that matters is that it’s settled and the young man has a chance to prove himself.

  3. mgscott - Jan 26, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Uncle Drew just made a stop in Toronto

  4. nycalldayz - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    In the real world he would of been fired.

  5. metalhead65 - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    it is settled until they inform that yes he does in fact have to wear a uniform and practice before playing in a game. he will be on twitter 5 min. later crying about this injustice and how mean the rockets are expecting to do anything due to his condition. instead of raising awareness and helping people with this condition he has made himself look so much like a joke that people with the condition want nothing to do with this whiny little bitch.

  6. brotherlove2012 - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    The fact that he behaved like a whiny little brat is not excused by his illness … As legitimate as it may be. Being an a-hole is something you can be, even if you suffer from mental illness.

  7. knickstape84 - Jan 27, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    In the real world he wouldn’t be fired…. if had a disability and couldn’t perform the duties of the job there would have to an agreement reach for his resignation or they would have to find something for him within the company. you can’t just fire a guy cause he has a disability. they would get sued immediately.

  8. ghelton03 - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    This is really an unfortunate situation. I believe White wants to play for the Rockets, but he can’t. I don’t see this ever working for the player or the team and that’s unfortunate. Royce White will fade into oblivion. Very sad.

  9. metalhead65 - Jan 27, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    the whole point of this mess is bothe and the rockets knew of his condition before they drafted. the rockets did everything could to help him but he decided it was not good enough and made outrageous demands while playing the I have a disease card. now after of all of this watch him play the it is because of my condition if he does not produce for them.

  10. jpl210 - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:05 AM


    He refused assignment to another position within the company for which his disability would not be an issue. IN THE REAL WORLD HE WOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED. No grounds for legal action.

  11. jeff6381 - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Living in Houston and a Rocket fan I know that Royce White was fine until he was sent to the D-league, he played in the summer league and the Rockets gave him a lot that no other player received such as the travel stipulations. He did not come up with these stipulations when he was drafted only when he was sent to the D-league he began to use his disorder. Also the Rockets suspended him a few weeks ago which means he stopped getting paid which is now why he is willing to work something out. I am not buying this guys excuses.

    • badintent - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      Thank you for your excellent reporting on this situation. All the “entitlement and special causes” folks can now STFU.

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