Dimemag.com has an interesting and misleading story about Delonte West, that wacko white guy playing basketball for the Cavaliers. West claims problems with Bi-Polar disorder. Here is the deal, there are millions of people with Bi-Polar and they never carry guns. The story begins with this:
On Friday when the news broke that Delonte West had been arrested after reportedly being found with a militia’s-worth or ammunition after he was pulled over for cutting off a police a cruiser in the D.C. area…
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported:
CLEVELAND — Cavaliers guard Delonte West is facing weapons charges after being pulled over on his motorcycle while carrying a small arsenal near his Maryland home late Thursday night.
Prince George’s County police said West was carrying two concealed handguns and a shotgun when he was pulled over on Interstate 495 near his offseason home in Brandywine, Md. around 10 p.m. Corporal Clinton Copeland said West was speeding and cut off a police cruiser while riding on his three-wheeled 2009 Can-Am Spyder motorcycle.
Dimemag further reported:
West opened himself up to the fans by talking about his struggle with bipolar disorder. It not only endeared him even more to the fan base that was attracted to his style of play and personality, but also to people who have battled mood disorders and depression. Mail poured into the Cavs from people who West had inspired.
I don’t care about Delonte West or the Cavaliers or even the NBA. But I get very tired of people using excuses like Bi Polar for their behavior. I am not a Psychiatrist or even a Barber, but I know people with Bi Polar and they live perfectly normal lives. No one would know they were bi polar if they did not tell anyone.
West reportedly had two hand guns and a shotgun strapped to his back in a guitar case. This behavior is not recognized anywhere as a symptom of bi polar. This behavior is not recognized as a side-effect of bi polar medication. This behavior is bizarre, it is dangerous, it is cavalier in a country governed by law.
I just wish the media would be more careful with reporting stories like this. Real people with bi polar become less likely to talk about their illness, and less likely to seek help with their illness. Bi polar disorder has been around a long time – it is easily treated with several different medications. It is not an illness that causes dangerously bizarre behavior.
Even the mentally ill people of America recognize Delonte West as a real nut job.