Oxon Hill, MD – A Maryland police officer has been suspended after recording a video of former National Basketball Association player Delonte West while he was shirtless and incoherent.
Prince George’s County Police said it learned on Tuesday that a police officer took the video and that it had been circulating on social media, the New York Post reported (video below).
Police said that on Tuesday they responded to a call regarding a fight near a casino. When the officers arrived, they saw a man bleeding from the face and then handcuffed West.
Both men involved knew each other and refused medical treatment, according to the New York Post.
In the video, West could be seen sitting shirtless on the curb with his hands cuffed behind him. Much of what West said in a profanity-laden rant is incoherent.
Once the department learned that their officer recorded the video, they launched an investigation and suspended the officer.
The Boston Globe reported that West, who made $16.2 million in salary over his nine-year career, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2008.
Former NBA player Jameer Nelson said on Twitter he was “sick” about what he saw in the video.
“To answer everybody that’s reaching out to me about this situation … all we can do is pray for Him and his family and hope that he seeks the proper help,” Nelson wrote on Twitter. “Mental illness is something that a lot of people deal with and don’t even know it, until sometimes it’s too late.”
West made headlines in 2011 when a rumor was reported that he had a sexual affair with LeBron James’ mother. West and James were teammates on the Cleveland Cavaliers.
West’s best year was 2006-07 when he was with the Boston Celtics. He played 69 games and averaged 12.2 points and 4.4 assists per game.
Watch the video here (obscene language warning):