By Melva N. Lloyd
Delonte West made his return to the basketball court for the Cleveland Cavaliers after taking two different leave of absences. However, his preseason antics will not be overlooked. West was formally indicted today on eight charges that included six weapons charges stemming from his September 17th arrest.
Wests’ fifth NBA season started out as less than successful. Before he got the chance to even join his teammates during a pre-season game, the Washington D.C. native was arrested in Maryland after police officers stopped him on his motorcycle; only to find that the point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers was carrying a fully loaded 9mm Beretta handgun tucked in his waistband, a fully loaded Ruger .357 Magnum strapped to his waist and a fully loaded shotgun in a guitar case strapped to his back.
Today’s indictment further revealed that West, who suffers from bipolar disorder, was also carrying an 8 1/2-inch Bowie knife as well as 112 additional shotgun shells in another backpack which was attached to his vehicle. In total, West is being charged with two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon, two counts of carrying a handgun, two counts of transporting a handgun, and one count each of reckless and negligent driving. Although all of the charges are misdemeanors, each count can carry up to three years in prison.
To add more wind to this firestorm of events, West may also face domestic violence charges related to an incident last month that involved his wife. The twenty-six year old has yet to be arrested or formally charged.
So now that we know what Delonte West had hiding in his guitar case of all things, there are still a few questions that need answers: What on Earth did he need a personal stash of ammunition for? Where was going? Where was he coming from? And when will he address the media to attempt to clear his name? We will just have to wait and see.
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