Delonte West with the Dallas Mavericks.
The Dallas Mavericks have suspended guard Delonte West, indefinitely.
The team released a statement on Thursday: "We have suspended Delonte for conduct detrimental to the team," President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson said. "The suspension is effective immediately and no other statements will be issued."
On Twitter, West tweeted the following messages Thursday morning:
"If I'm not what u lookin 4 ....That's fine...just dont kick me in my ass on the way out the door....I didn't do anything to deserve that..."
"I love the city of Dallas..I love playin in the NBA...no I'm not off my meds...no I ain't on no bipolar trip...this real people lives.."
"And it just ain't right..imma leave it at that..no ill will towards no one...I'm just sittin here across from the arena wit tear in my eyes"
This isn't the first time West has been in trouble with the team. He was suspended briefly earlier this month for what was also called conduct detrimental to the team.
West was reinstated after he met with Nelson and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle and is an eight-year veteran of the National Basketball Association.
He has bipolar disorder and was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2010-11 season after pleading guilty to weapons charges in Maryland. Authorities say he was carrying three loaded guns and a knife when he was stopped for speeding on a three-wheel motorcycle in 2009.
West was a valuable player off the Dallas bench last season and is expected to fill a similar role in 2012-13.
Published at 11:39 AM CST on Oct 25, 2012
Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth