Went On Anti-Gay Rant, Said He’s Better Than LeBron
… In Disturbing Arrest Video
10/25/2021 12:25 PM PT
Delonte West repeatedly hurled homophobic slurs and said he was a better basketball player than LeBron James during his arrest last week … and the disturbing scene was all captured on police video obtained by TMZ Sports.
West was stopped by cops in Boynton Beach, FL, on Oct. 19 … after officers say he was yelling and banging on a local police station’s doors.
Cops say he was holding two open containers of alcohol — one beer, one vodka — during the episode … so they ordered him to the ground.
That’s when officers turned on their body cameras — and you can see in the footage, they needed to point a taser at the former NBA player while insisting he gets down to get him to comply.
When West finally dropped to the floor, officers told him they were detaining him for “open container and resisting” … and the 38-year-old then went on a lengthy, rambling rant that included anti-gay rhetoric.
West repeatedly used the f-word, called cops bitches, and claimed he was Jesus Christ and the President of the United States.
In his rant, West also said, “N****, I was better than LeBron James. I’m better than Jordan. I was the best n**** to play every sport. Shut the f*** up!”
West continued to spout words off incoherently before cops finally put him into the back of a squad car.
In the police report, officers noted West reeked of booze and appeared to be drunk.
West was ultimately hit with three charges over the incident, including obstruction/resisting without violence, open container and disorderly intoxication.
He’s due in court for a hearing on the case next month.
West has battled substance abuse issues in the past, and entered into a rehab facility in 2020 with the help of Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban to try to address the problems.