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West not banned from White House over security

Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:31 am
Edited on: January 9, 2012 1:16 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverdelonte-west-dallas

Update (Monday 12:30 p.m.): As the Mavericks met with President Obama Monday morning, West was not with the team. But why? That's apparently a bit complicated. West told reporters that he was "banned" from the White House. But ABC News, via the Dallas Morning News, spoke with Secret Service, who denied that claim. 
West, who had a high profile arrest more than two years ago while under the influence of prescribed medication, said he is banned from stepping foot in the White House after the President's security team ran a routine background check on the guard.

ABC News reports that the U.S. Secret Service disagrees with that assessment.

"The individual in question was never someone that would not be permitted to attend the event today," Secret Service agent Edwin Donovan said. "He is on the list for entry today and was never advised otherwise to my knowledge. "
via Delonte West not at White House today; Secret Service says he's not banned | Dallas Mavericks Blog | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | The Dallas Morning News.

So for some reason, West thought that he couldn't attend, but if it was related to his misdemeanor gun charge conviction, it wasn't for security reasons, but public relations. This situation remains confusing. 

Additionally, West went on a Twitter rant over the weekend, blaming the media for painting him in an unfavorable light. He didn't actually specify who the offending media member was. He expressed regret over not being able to meet the President, while also saying that media criticism over his gun charges lead to him being forced to take a lesser deal from the Mavericks. If you're wondering if any of this makes any sense, it does not.


The 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks are finally headed to the White House to meet President Barack Obama on Monday. Guard Delonte West says he won't be joining his teammates.

West, who pleaded guilty to weapons charges after being pulled over while driving a three-wheeled motorcycle with a shotgun strapped to his back, says he is "banned" from the White House, according to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
“I’m banned from going to the White House, so I’m not going to make it,’’ West said after tonight’s 96-81 win over the New Orleans Hornets. “But 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.’’

“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.’’
Touring the White House requires a mandatory background check for all visitors. 

West's 2009 arrest made national headlines because of the unusual specifics
Prince George's County police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Reedy said Friday the Cleveland Cavaliers player was arrested about 10 p.m. Thursday. Reedy said West was riding a Can-Am Spyder motorcycle north on the Capital Beltway in Upper Marlboro when he cut off an officer, who pulled him over. Police said a handgun was found in his pocket, another in his pant leg and a shotgun in a guitar case strapped to his back.

Back in September, West said that he was "not proud" of his gun arrest but said that the incident "looks way worse than it was" because he was under the influence of medication he takes for bipolar disorder. The arrest, which occurred while he was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, led to a 10-game suspension by the NBA.

West played for the Boston Celtics last season before signing with the Mavericks during the December free agency period. West is averaging 7.5 points and 3.0 assists for the Mavericks in eight games so far this season. He made national headlines during the lockout when he took a job working at a furniture store after previously seeking work at Home Depot and as a salesman of knives

Hat tip: @Marcel_Mutoni 


Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:41 pm

West not banned from White House over security

What a piece of work this guy is. Personally I was thrilled when the Celtics dumped him.

wasn't he also guilty of an even bigger heinous act? Doing LeBron's momma?

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:49 pm

West not banned from White House over security

I thought the purpose of the visit was for the 2011 NBA Champion Mavericks to meet the President and get a tour of the White House; what role did Delonte West play in this as a member of the Celtics at the time?  Is he also going to receive a championship ring?
Clearly the guy is not right in the head, I feel a bit bad for that part and hope he addresses this with therapy and drugs; I do not want him flipping out and going on a shooting rampage.

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:35 pm

West not banned from White House over security

He played for Boston last year - wasn't even on the Mavs championship team! He didn't need to go anyway.

Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:56 pm

West not banned from White House over security

West doesn't need to meet the President. He should continue with his therapy.

Since: Oct 13, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:22 pm

West not banned from White House over security

Everyone makes mistakes in life, so why is he any different? He should have been there as an invited guest.  It doens't matter what his prior convictions are/were, its not like he is going to get past security with a gun in his pocket, sock and a guitar case on his back.

he clearly is a liar, but don't be surprised if he gets some sort of special treatment to meet the pez anyway.

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:55 pm
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Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 6:29 pm

West not banned from White House over security

The guy is legally / medically legitely bi-polar and takes medication for it... so why is it a surprise that he lies? 

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:48 pm

West not banned from White House over security

It's not true.  West got caught in a lie.  It's not the first time.

But maybe it SHOULD be true.  Maybe people who get arrested with three guns strapped to them, one hidden in a guitar case, shouldn't have access.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:42 pm

West not banned from White House over security

This guy wasn't part of the team that won the championship so why should he get to ride the coattails in?  Doesn't make any sense that he would be invited, much less, ban himself on grounds of his midemenor gun charge...but then again, it makes even lesser sense why he would want to bang LeBron's mom as, yeah...might as well follow suit.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:24 pm

West not banned from White House over security

The real reason he was "banned" had nothing to do with any arrest (like the article stated) but was merely the fact that he is over-rated as a ball player and probably couldn't even stop Obama from scoring. 

How dumb are you to announce you are "banned" when it turns out you aren't?  Guessing he is still high and didn't understand what was going on.

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