Delonte West had some interesting takes on mental health and his 2009 arrest and how it affected his career. Here are some of his thoughts:
“The thing is if you look at entertainment or sports or any form of business when people are getting paid high-dollar amounts, you see it every day, going to the hospital for exhaustion or from depression,” he said. “The majority of America is not making that type of money, they’re looking at it from a money aspect. Hey I make $40,000 or $60,000 and if I was getting paid $3 million, I wouldn’t be having no problems in the world. Man I would just feel great about myself.’ But that’s not what it is.h
“You’re associating happiness with money. And the last time I checked, there was a CVS or Walgreens on every block or corner. And there’s a prescription aisle right in the back and every time you go to the hospital, how long do you have to wait to see the doctor because everybody in America has something. Some people have depression or suffer from headaches or something. Everybody needs a pill for something nowadays and they’re coming up with new names for new things every day. For me, I don’t think being bipolar was my issue. I don’t think it ever was.”
West still feels the affects his arrest that forced him to serve house arrest.
“That kind of been my issue was self-loathing, it never was (being) bipolar,” West said. “I wasn’t considered bipolar before my Desperado (carrying guns on a motorcycle) incident as people like to describe it. From them on, a failed marriage after two months, lost some contracts and endorsements, and the center of everybody’s jokes. And the best player in the world (LeBron James), allegedly (I) had sex with his mother. Growing up in the hood, that’s the worst thing you could say is something about somebody’s mother. That would get you punched in the face. That hits home.”
West has steadfastly denied those rumors but said it is something he has been presented with constantly.
“You have ignorance, people yell across the Walmart, ‘Yeah how did that go (with LeBron’s mother)?’ I gotta deal with that,” he said. “So there was some self loathing, licking my wounds, shying away from the laughter. It seemed like everything I did was being attached to some type of bipolarism or being crazy. That all stimulated from an incident that happened for years ago, so it seemed like that’s the root of it, that’s making me the crazy person or bipolar person and I’m trying to break away from the stigma of it.”