UPDATED: 8:17 A.M. ET, October 15, 2020 —
West has been going viral on social media after being seen on the street holding signs and asking for money. Delonte had fallen on hard times while battling addiction issues and problems with his mental health at the same time. Luckily, Mark Cuban recently picked him up from a gas station and helped the former baller begin to turn his life around with the help of his close family.
Mr. Commenter: I saw that you’ve actually been helping out Delonte West recently. You did a pretty good thing, you helped track him down. How did that come into motion? Did you get a call from a friend or from a relative of his or like a former player?
Mark Cuban: No, no. We had tried to help Delonte before, and it didn’t work out. I don’t think he was ready yet. And then I saw all the pictures and people saying that he was in Dallas, and where he was, I-75 and 635, which is like two miles from my house. And so I start driving around looking for him and went and hunted down his mom’s phone number. Got ahold of his mom and basically, you know, asked her for his number, and got his number, left a message for him. And, you know, he didn’t call me back for a few days. Then he called me back and I told him, Delonte, don’t move. I’m coming to get you. And that’s what I did.
Last Friday (Oct. 9), the Dallas Mavericks owner tweeted out a photo of a healthier and happier looking Delonte West horseback riding:
“Ladies & Gentlemen, I present to you, Delonte West. A long, long , long way to go, but he has taken the first steps and shared these with all of us as a thank you for the love and support,” Cuban tweeted.
According to TMZ, West is now in the detox phase of his rehab treatment which will help him cleanse out any toxins, drugs, or alcohol he may have left in his body.
Mark also shared that besides the horseback riding picture of Delonte, he recently received another update that he had been skydiving! We hope Delonte keeps at it and is able to make a full recovery!