Monday, January 9, 2012

Mavericks' Delonte West Banned From White House

The Dallas Mavericks will be visiting the White House today, as each member of the 2011 NBA champions will meet with the nation's number one basketball fan President Barack Obama— everyone except for off-guard Delonte West.

The often-troubled player— who was arrested two years ago while under the influence of prescribed medication— is banned (his words) from stepping stepping foot in the White House after the President's security team ran a background check on West.

The rest of the Mavericks team will get to shake hands with the President at expense of owner Mark Cuban.

West was quoted by the Fort-Worth Star Telegram after Saturday nights Mavericks victory:

"I'm banned from going to the White House, so I'm not going to make it," said West.  I'm going home to D.C., I'm just not allowed to go to the White House.  That's what happens when you make bad decisions in your life.  You can't go to the White House."

West, who was born in Washington, D.C., claims to have visited 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue before.

"I've been there 100 times in my lifetime," he said.  "I live right around the corner.  I live in D.C..  It's going to be ashamed the President isn't going to get a chance to meet me.  I'm the president of my house."

Later, West went on Twitter to profanely rant against the Dallas-area reporters.  According to reports, West saved most of his venom for a beat reporter from Akron who now writes for ESPN and wasn't even at the Mavericks game.

West, who was picked up by the Mavs in December has a history of trouble and was arrested in 2009 for a motor vehicle infraction while carrying two handguns and a shotgun in a guitar case. 

The tattooed guard has been pretty consistent this season by averaging 8.0 points and 3.1 assists for Dallas.

The nasty tweets have since been deleted.

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