UPDATE: The Prince George’s County Police Department commented on the altercation Tuesday evening.
Police said, per CBS Baltimore, when officers arrived the two men had been seperated with one bleeding from his face. A video showing the aftermath of the altercation was filmed by one of the county’s police officers, and that officer has been suspended indefinitely.
“It’s irresponsible for that (video) taken by a Prince George’s County police officer to be in the public’s hands,” Police Chief Hank Stawinski said.
According to police the two men had gotten into an argument earlier that morning. When asked, both men refused medical treatment and declined to press charges, so neither man was arrested.
We have been in touch with those close to him to offer our help and support. Please join us in praying for him and his family and giving them respect and privacy during this difficult time.
— Saint Joseph’s University (@saintjosephs) January 21, 2020
While many have tried to help West, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports the former basketball star keeps refusing.
From West’s former teammates and coaches to team officials, all have run into the same issue over and over with him. A trip for him to seek help is scheduled and booked, West agrees upon it, and then he cancels. “He has to want to be helped,” said one person directly involved in setting him up with assistance. One of his former teams, according to a person, tried “too many times to count.” Yet, Monday’s incident was a reminder that they have to remain vigilant. “This has the potential to end very badly,” his close confidant said, “and we have to help.”
Police said the circumstances around the video and its release are the subject of an internal investigation.
Former NBA star Delonte West is recovering from an attack, his former agent Aaron Goodwin has told TMZ Sports.
Goodwin confirmed to the outlet that West is the man seen in a pair of videos that surfaced on Monday. One video shows an interview with an incoherent West, who is clearly upset after the attack. The video has more than 7 million views on Twitter as NBA fans and players shared their concerns.
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A separate video shows the attack itself. Although you can’t directly see the abuse, you can tell the attacker is stomping West’s head into the ground.
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Apparently Delonte West was seen getting beat up in the street this Morning. I went to school with him and it’s crazy to see just how his life has gone downhill since the NBA. pic.twitter.com/chm6Sbu9h6
— Measha⚡️ (@N90sKindOfWorld) January 20, 2020
The person who shared the video said they did not film it themselves, adding that the person called police to help.
“She was not in a position to go break up a fight between grown men,” she said about the video. “I agree someone should’ve stopped to help but it’s also dangerous.”
Goodwin told TMZ Sports West has “a support system around him, but his close friends and family members need more help.” The outlet also reported the NBA has offered to help its former player in the wake of these videos.
As the video continued to be spread around, several athletes and fans voiced their concern. Former NFL receiver Dez Bryant said he’d be willing to help.
I see a lot dumb comments where folks making fun of Delonte west… this is not a joking matter …. I’m going to figure out how I can help him…. he need to be in rehab or something…
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) January 21, 2020
Former NBA player Jameer Nelson also posted a lengthy response to the troubling videos.
Phil Martelli, who used to coach West in college at Saint Joseph’s shared Nelson’s statement and added: “Over the past several hours I have talked with many who are willing to help — please read and embrace Jameer’s wisdom — we are reaching out to our basketball network to get the professional help Delonte needs. This is so very painful.”
. @twitter needs to take down that video of #DelonteWest .. people making ignorant comments bc social media makes everyone’s life feel like a video game. This is real life & a real serious issue. It could affect you. Remember the man w/ a family you are commenting on. pic.twitter.com/OGvOleWpSN
— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) January 21, 2020
West played eight seasons in the NBA, spending time on four different teams. He also played on two teams in the Chinese Basketball Association. His last professional experience was with the G-League’s Texas Legends.