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Monday, January 9, 2012

Delonte West Wasn't Actually Banned From White House Visit, Plus More From West's Busy Week

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 1:52 PM

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We love us some Delonte West. Despite the fact that the guard no longer calls Cleveland home, he burrowed into a soft spot in our hearts during his short time here, and we can't help but root for the guy no matter where he and his three-wheeler are.

Which brings us to Delonte's busy week.

Reports had Delonte being banned from the Mavericks' visit to the White House today because of his checkered background. That story, which has made the rounds and made the rounds again, is patently false.

Via Deadspin:

It turns out that West, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was at least misinformed on this count. A Secret Service agent told ABC News that West was never banned from today's ceremony, which makes some sense: Plenty of professional athletes visit the White House each year, and plenty of professional athletes also have felony convictions on their records. Why would West's particular charge be an issue?

"The individual in question was never someone that would not be permitted to attend the event today," Secret Service agent Edwin Donovan said today, in perfect Secret Service speak. "He is on the list for entry today and was never advised otherwise to my knowledge."

Delonte took umbrage at not being invited and took to Twitter to vent in his particularly Delonte fashion. One long, long Twitter screed later, which involved insults to Brian Windhorst, the media, his teammates, and others, and @CharleeRedz13 was gone. Donezo. Deleted. So now the world rolls along without the benefit of unfiltered Delonte, which, depending on how you look at it, is a good or bad thing.

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