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Monday, October 26th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  66 responses

Delonte West’s Wife Files Domestic Violence Report

by Marcel Mutoni

For Delonte West, it has been an offseason from hell. And things aren’t getting any better for the troubled shooting guard; the situation is worsening as the start of the regular season looms.

According to 19 Action News, a Cleveland television station, Delonte got into it with his wife over the weekend, resulting in a domestic violence report getting filed:

The two reportedly fought at their apartment when Delonte tried to take her wedding ring off. Mrs. West left their home and headed to Cleveland Hopkin’s International Airport, where she filed a domestic violence report. Cleveland Police tell 19 Action News there were no signs of abuse or injury. Mrs. West then got on her flight and flew out of Cleveland.

Tad Carper, Vice President of Communciatons with the Cleveland Cavaliers tells 19 Action News “the team was contacted and is aware of the situation but declined any further comment.”

Undoubtedly, there will be more to this story in the coming days.

Delonte was arrested on gun possession charges last month, he’s missed team practices without permission, and now there’s this incident.

It’s unfortunate, but at some point (sooner rather than later), Danny Ferry and company are going to have to make some very tough business decisions — assuming they haven’t already.

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  • giogolo

    first.?

  • giogolo

    dude,should fight his disease. or it will be the end of him.

  • Ree Roe

    Disappointed to hear this news…I don’t see Delonte playing much basketball for ANYONE this season

    -REEcently Roe…YO!

  • underdog

    I like Delonte’s game, but he’s simply not good enough to be such a troubled player. Teams took the risk with Artest and Steph because they were all-star caliber ballers. But Delonte is not that good…

  • neaorin

    Ugh. Assuming this is true, the Cavs should not allow West to stay with the team until the extracurricular stuff is dealt with. Way too much is riding on this season for them to have to carry this distraction around.

    No real point in waiving West because I don’t know who’d want to sign him right now.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    “…but he’s simply not good enough to be such a troubled player”
    What, you think mental illnesses gather around at All Star time and mark off ballots for who they get to invade? Seriously, dude. WTF.

  • ENDS

    neaorin forget the season or the team, this is a human neing who most def has to deal with his issues first and forget about the unimportant stuff like basketball

  • NUPE

    I hope West get’s the help he needs. Not sure this is related to his mental illness or not, but he really needs to get himself together. With this report on top of his other legal and mental issues, maybe it’s time for the Cavs to look for somebody else (Jackson?) and release him. At the end of the day you have to be able to count on your players being there and it doesn’t seem like West is going to be dependable this season. It’s a damn shame.

  • http://jesse.dramer@gmail.com dirty frank

    Get well Delonte.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Forget basketball, I’m starting to worry for this guy’s LIFE. This is an Eddie Griffin-type situation. / The Cavs need to go after a back-up pg and give minutes to Danny Green at the 2. (yeah, I’m STILL not mentioning Boobie) I’ve read that they’re talking to Antonio Daniels. Of course, Ideally they’d get Jax but I don’t know if that’s realistic.

  • NUPE

    Bobby Jackson would be a possible back-up pg. He can still be productive, plays both ends of the court and would be ‘cheap’.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I’d take Daniels over Jackson. Jackson is a gunner whereas Daniels would actually set ppl up.

  • rainman10

    Dave totally missed the point of that dudes comment.

  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com The Real

    its sad, but he is a millionaire, i don’t feel that sorry for him. he needs to take a year off to get right. he is young enough to do it. the nba is a major blessing. if you cant your mind right for that, then you don’t deserve it

  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com The Real

    Bring back Barrett, drop Carl. how can you get minutes for Carl, Green and Jawad Williams??? they need a steady backup TRUE point guard, West is crazy and Gibson is a shooter.

  • neaorin

    ENDS: like I said, I’m assuming this report is true (and this being 19 Action News, it might be a bad assumption). Believe me, I’m aware the guy has issues – Cavs fans have been aware of that ever since he landed in Cleveland. Most fans have backed him on the gun incident. But this is domestic abuse we’re talking about at here; IF the this thing is real, I am having a really hard time sticking up for him this time.

  • http://www.domestic-violence-and-abuse.co.uk DVhelp

    It is cases like this that highlight the real issue of domestic violence within our society. Domestic violence awareness month is nearly over – but it is important that we continue to spread the message.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    how come with delonte its all, ” i hope he gets better, this is too bad, he needs someone to help him”. but with ron ron, its, “hes a thug, he needs to be banned, its the end of nba culture as we know it”?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Tarzan, because Ron has not been diagnosed with mental illness (yet). You’re considered a douche if people think you’re acting up on your own will. If it’s proven that you have mental issues, then people feel sorry for you.

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    As more leaks out it seems his life is going downhill very very very fast. i genuinely hope he recovers and return to fully to the NBA, but hittin a woman is a despicable act and hes dropped in my estimations, not even another KFC-esque video can salvage that

  • LA Huey

    this is a huge bummer for the cavs. in my mind, i’ve written off delonte for the season at this point. i hope my favorite ginger baller gets himself together.

  • black pinoy

    i hope he doesnt end up like j.r. rider.. you can be as good as hell but if you have issues no team will want you.. look at j.r. now.. he’s 38 and he’s playin in a minor league .. he’s trying to get back to the nba but he has a very slim chance of getting back .. he wasted his chnce .. god gave him a gift to play basketball and he threw it away //

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Th3_R3al_Chris

    Delonte West is NICE too. I think his situation will ultimately determine the Cavs chances of winning it. Hopefully he’s on anti-depressants because this downward spiral he’s on right now is worrisome.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Who the heck is LYNCHHARDAWAY? Cause that’s who it said I was at first. Anyways, Waive West. Move on.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnewis Bryan

    Everybody suffers from bi polar disorder or adhd or some “mental illness” today. How about taking responsibilty for your actions and if you really do have an illness getting yourself the help you need instead of acting like an assh*le and blaming your “disease”.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnewis Bryan

    Especially if you’re in the financial situation to do it.

  • Jrooks

    He will bounce back.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Brya, no offense, but you’re completely talking out of your a– and you have no basis for dismissing his mental issues. The guy has a history of mood disorders and from Windhorst’s report, could be seen staring at nothing in particular for hours after games last year. The cavs kept it internal and I guess that the media guys respected that and didn’t write about it. This is a dude that was arrested with 3 firearms on a bike not even a month ago and seemed completely paranoid. Why would you even bring finances into the discussion?!

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    LEAVE DELONTE ALONE

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    It’s because of people like you that mental illnesses are still tabboo. The number of people with mental issues is not growing, the only difference is that people are starting to admit their problems and try to get treatment for it.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnewis Bryan

    I brought the financials in it because he has the money to afford the proper care , better care than average people. I didn’t dismiss his illness but at what point do you have to actually take responsibilty and ownership of your actions whether they’re mental illness related or not? Its because of people like you that criminals get off due to mental disease or defect. I have struggled with depression and my step father is bi polar but we don’t break the law and then say my defective brain made me do it. As long as people like you have a say in society people are gonna be able to use mental disorders as a crutch and not seek the help they need.

  • LA Huey

    Bryan, maybe some people have disorders that are more effed than others? neither of us know the extent of his condition and, since he comes off as a nice guy otherwise, i think he should get the benefit of the doubt.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnewis Bryan

    Big or small its adversely affecting his life and its now his responsibilty to take care of it and not everyone elses problem to feel sorry for a guy who refuses to take charge of his life and make a change.

  • dial up

    Um, pretty sure the fight must’ve been about breaking up. Delonte tried to take his ring back?? Then the gold-digger realized it was worth a lotta money. strike 1

  • k3v1n3o5

    Dude needs to get his sh1t together ASAP.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Bryan, as someone who actually experienced what it’s like to deal with those issues, I would expect a little more empathy for Delonte’s situation. I WANT him to seek the help he needs and that’s exactly why I think his problems should not be belittled. And don’t get it twisted mental institutions for criminals are basically jails with enhanced medical attention. It’s not like you can commit a crime, claim insanity and go back home.

  • LA Huey

    Z, let it go. he’s not hearing it.

  • tavoris

    I get so tired of people making those comments about how much money he has…AS IF he’s not responsible for producing a piece of the MASSIVE revenue generated by the NBA. The man has worked VERY hard to develop the skills necessary to be a contributor on a title contending team. In the playoffs last year, he was one of the only Cavs that played with any chutzpah, and the fact that his life is falling apart should have the Cavs VERY concerned. The fact that he’s wealthy (deservedly so) doesn’t change the fact that he needs help, and commenting on it smells a lot like envy.

  • tavoris

    Bryan, it’s a common sentiment that the rich and the poor get the very worst health care. The poor because they can’t afford it, and the rich because they are enabled to their death beds.

  • NUPE

    Delonte is actively getting help – I’m pleased about that. He hasn’t at any point it time blamed his illness for his behaviour and I would not accept him or anyone else trying to excuse him for his actions. I just hope he continues to seek help and they find the right combinations of drugs and/or therapy so that he can live a normal and happy life. If that includes baskeball then great, if not that’s o.k. too. But taking care of his illness and getting his life together should be his (and the Cavs) #1 priority.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnewis Bryan

    Tavoris: I wasn’t saying he’s rich so he can’t be sick or he’s rich so stop crying my point behind pointing out his assets was that the only obstacle to his getting help is himself. That’s been my point from the get go , he’s in control here if none of you see that oh well. As someone who’s been there my empathy ends when someone admits to having a problem but continues to not do anything about it until things get out of control like this. If anyone thinkgs that I meant he’s rich he doesn’t have problems you’re wrong.

  • tavoris

    Bryant, that’s all fair, but how do we (you) know that he’s not getting help? There is no mental illness that has an immediate fix. Additionally, why do we accept this report as the totality of the story, when there is the very real likelihood that there is more? As someone who is bipolar, he is NOT in control. I don’t think he even feels that he’s in control. Driving around DC with all that heat would prove that point.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    When I felt like I lost control , when I had blackouts or when I had times when I had an episode where I was doing things but I physically couldn’t stop myself I locked myself in a behavorial center for 4 days. And you know what? Medication free , black out free and episode free for 4 years now. I don’t fancy myself any stronger mentally than anybody else but you CAN beat it.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    And its a work in progress still , there are days when I feel like driving my work van into the gulf of mexico but I don’t and I never put myself or anyone else in any kind of danger . I guess I’m coming off as insensitive and I don’t mean to I feel the guy but he obviously knows he has a problem and if he’s a danger to himself or those around him he needs to go away and I actually didn’t have a choice, when a doctor decided I was a danger I had my freedom taken from me until they thought I was fit again and he’s on a level where he knows right from wrong , he knows he has a problem and he has the means to get help in a way that’s not as serious as being dragged from a hospital and locked away be he doesn’t. I understand trying to be normal and get on with your everyday life but get fixed first.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    From what I understand, Delonte did get help.
    However, like many people with mental illness, he thought he was getting well enough that he no longer needed to do the same things the doctors prescribed. And he relapsed.
    I have some family members with mental problems and that’s sounds exactly like what happens to them. They start doing better, and then some stress or a decision to stop taking meds causing serious problems.
    I think it’s crass to assume that Delonte just needs to stop making excuses.
    There but for the grace of God go I.

  • tavoris

    that’s good stuff-and I’m glad 4 (and proud of) you. However, it’s obvious he’s nowhere near that, so we should be showing him a little compassion. I agree with an earlier poster that this is seeming a lot like Eddie Griffin

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    I guess I came off wrng. Its not that I hope he doesn’t get better and I don’t think he’s making excuses but I do think he’s a danger and he needs to get the f*ck out of the spotlight and not come back until a doctor tells him he’s ok. Maybe I came off harshly but that’s been my point all along. And if you’re driving around on a motorcycle with an armys worth of ammo you really are endangering a lot of people. We have no idea what his intentions were or weren’t so I don’t think he was gonna go on a murder spree but who knows? This whole post got out of hand I want him to get better but at this point its only going to be under his own power and I can’t feel sorry for him because he stopped getting help or whatever happened to cause him to act this way it was a choice he made and now he needs to make another choice to get 100% well. That’s all I’m trying to say he can do it.

  • regicide

    this is a great example of how SLAM throws this story up there and everyone swallows it whole. he has been ALLEGED to have laid hands on here. lets wait til he gets charged and convicted of this shit before everyone lays down their half-baked pop-psychology analysis of his problems. dude is struggling, and if he hit his lady i would be the first to say kick him outta the L, take it to the legal system. but millionaire or not, how would you like to be the subject of all these headlines? it would send me nuts.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bryan
    Nobody can force you to feel sorry for him.
    But, it seems you made some serious assumption regarding this story.
    First, according to the blurb up top, West’s wife filed domestic abuse charges after he tried to remove her wedding ring? After showing no signs of abuse, she then got on a plane and left town.
    So, I would wonder exactly what happened between the couple. I wouldn’t see this as Delonte acting out, I would see him having marital strife. As a married man and a friend of married men, I’ve heard enough stories to realize that sometimes women involve the police in situations where they don’t belong. Not trying to blame women, just saying that nothing in this blurb suggests that West’s mental illness was in anyway involved in this situation.
    On the mental illness tip, it seems that you have overcome some hardships on that front. That’s real good man.
    However, the danger when we overcome or leave behind a situation is to somehow lose empathy for others going throught the same situation. I’ve had that mindset myself in the past, and I’ve learned that different folks handle adversity differently. In this situation, outside of the guns incident, I haven’t heard of Delonte doing anything really bad. The problem is that the media has reported on everything he has done.
    Finally, while the guns incident was wild, he only had three guns on him. The thing with the gun int he guitar case was really the only crazy part of the situation.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    I was mostly directing my comments at everyone being all woe is delonte I didnt I basically fed off of their assumptions that this was related to his mental state which was my first mistake. And I can agree with your assessment of my attitude I kind of have that mindset of if I can do it he can do it etc which was my second mistake. Like I said this whole thing blew up I partially stand by everything I said I probably could have just made my point differently. I do understand where he’s coming from and I do feel for the guy to a certain extent I guess I’m just frustrated when I feel like he has all these resources to kick the ass of this illness and he’s kind of f*cking it up. The media plays a part in the perception of situations of course but he’s not beyond reproach in this situation is all I’m trying to say.

  • JD

    If they don’t get rid of him, he’ll bring down their title chances

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    And I would just hate to see him kill or get killed because “he thought he was ok” the problem with things like this is that you’re never REALLY ok. You fight it everyday and when you stop fighting you get swallowed up all over again. I happen to be one of the lucky ones who realized the struggle could be won within myself without any medication or couseling (barring 3 state ordered sessions). Like I said to start my mistake was letting the hype get the better of me and I came off like an assh*le which what I’m most famous for being. My first comment really was just “dude you have the money and resources get yourself well and stop f*cking around” which I don’t think is a bad comment just wrong wording led to wrong context and sh*t rolls downhill and this is where we ended up.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    No problem.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    This was an honest, refreshing discussion. Thanks for the input, Bryan. Allen, I co-sign on everything you’ve said except the gun part. That was crazy wild and out of control. Who the hell rides with 3 guns on a bike? The gun in the guitar WAS the story. I don’t think that incident can be downplayed.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Z
    Oh, I agree. If you read what I wrote, the fact tht he was carrying guns in a guitar case is beyond crazy. There is no doubt that is something out of movie.
    Nah, I meant that he had three guns on his person. that’s a tad excessive, but not crazy. I mean, lots of cats with conceal and carry permits carry multiple guns. Typically a man gun in a shoulder or waist holster, and often one or two smaller guns around ankles and other areas.
    So, multiple guns isn’t crazy to me. Multiple guns with one of them being a long rifle in a guitar case is crazy. That was the distinction I was making.

  • tavoris

    Allenp, don’t wanna come off like a man-crush, but ur comments always come off as amazingly centered and well-thought. I appreciate that, dude

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I have to admit that I live in Montreal and carrying a gun in the first place is a crazy idea to me.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    From Windhorst’s twitter: Cavs hint that Delonte West could be active and play tomorrow vs. Celtics. Regardless, do not give much attention to airport incident.

  • http://slamonline.com rnibbs20

    i hope delonte gets his shit together hes a good role player for the cavs and his kfc freestyle is hilarious so hope he gets things straightened out

  • http://slamonline.com rnibbs20

    hope delonte gets his shit together he’s a good role player and his kfc freestyle is funny as hell, hope he gets things straightened out

  • jrb

    Leave the poor guy alone. Obviously, hes had a tough offseason and no one is givin him a f***in break

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    In happier Cavs news, Big Z was appropriately at a Jay Z concert. Would have been a trip to see him in the crowd

  • Naptown boy

    Delonte is in my prayers

  • ktokyo

    This is a bad year for people named West. Doug West BE CAREFUL!!

  • Danny W UK

    Get well soon Bro

  • NUPE

    Has Delonte talked about why he had the three guns or has there been any update to that story. I know a few people that go to gun ranges and so they may have anywhere from 3-5 guns with them when they go. Instead of being paranoid or out of control I was wondering if Delonte has made any ‘reasonable’ comment as to why he had them. He has a mental illness and I totally empathize with that, but there are people without mental illnesses that have been caught with guns or have had domestic abuse allegations against them. As much as I want him to get better, I don’t want to blame everything on the mental illness and allow for some ‘rationale’ reasons he’s done things.

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