Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West has been suspended for conduct that is detrimental to the team, according to ESPNDallas.com. The team’s coach, Rick Carlisle, did not specify a time frame for West’s suspension.
According to unnamed sources who spoke to the sports news site, West’s suspension came on the heels of an outburst that occurred in the Maverick’s locker room on Monday night after a preseason game against the Houston Rockets.
After playing only 16 minutes, scoring two points and dishing out two assists, West was allegedly at the center of an outburst that took place after the game in the team’s locker room. The 29-year-old two-guard, who has battled bipolar disorder during his career, later tweeted, “Sorry moma…” and “I showed off on ur birthday again…”
The tweet was later deleted from West’s Twitter account.
The eight-year veteran has been disciplined several times over his playing career. Only two years ago, West was suspended for ten games without pay after pleading guilty to weapons charges in September of 2009. Maryland authorities said he was carrying two loaded handguns, a loaded shotgun, more than 100 rounds of ammunition and an 8½-inch Bowie knife while speeding on a three-wheel motorcycle.
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He was sentenced to eight months of house arrest, two months probation and 40 hours of community service for the charges. West was also suspended for the first ten games of the season.
Last season, West stuck his index finger in the ear of Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward during a game. Carlisle, who claims he had a stern discussion with his player, called the incident “unacceptable” and fined him $25,000.
Reportedly, the team has stuck with West through thick and thin, but now their patience might be wearing away.