Former NBA star Delonte West will have his day in court after entering a not guilty plea to several charges. According to TMZ, he plans to fight the charges against him. West was arrested in late October after a drunken run-in with police in Palm Beach County, Florida. The retired 8-year NBA veteran spent the night in prison after a series of questionable choices.
Delonte was banging on the doors of a Boynton Beach police station when police stopped him. He was found with open bottles of beer and liquor at the time of his arrest and smelled heavily of alcohol. His erratic behavior spiked police interest.
After attempting to leave the scene, the cops stopped West. He put down the drinks and reached inside his pants. A responding officer pulled his taser, but the situation was de-escalated before anybody was hurt.
Police body cam footage from the scene shows West using homophobic slurs towards the arresting officers. He also declared himself Jesus Christ. West then said he was President of the United States.
West entered not guilty pleas on Monday, less than a month removed from the incident which occurred on October 19. His charges include obstruction/resisting without violence, an open container law violation, and disorderly intoxication. He is due to return next month for another hearing related to the case.
Delonte West has a history of substance abuse problems. In the past, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reached out to try and assist him. Hopefully, a lesson will be learned from this embarrassing ordeal.
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