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Cleveland Cavaliers' Delonte West, right, tracks down a lose ball against Miami Heat's Shawn Marion, left, and Cavaliers' Mo Williams, bottom, during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 93-86 to remain undefeated at home. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

He was in a Jack in the Box parking lot, wearing a hospital gown and no shoes, when a fan approached him. His eyes remained closed for two pictures, after having “wander[ed] the streets of Houston” for some time. He was asked whether he was the Delonte West, the eight-year, well-known NBA alum. To that question, he responded yes, and no.

It was indeed West, whose NBA career ended about four years ago, when he and the Dallas Mavericks parted ways. You may remember West as the guy who was arrested after swerving his motorcycle in front of a cop car and then, upon search, found loaded with a variety of weapons. And maybe you even remember him as the guy LeBron had to talk down during practice one day, after he was going through heavy emotional turbulence when divorcing his longtime significant other.

Answering the fan’s question this week, the ex-NBA player apparently, tragically, said: “I used to be [Delonte West], but I’m not about that life anymore.” That fan went on to write about the incident on social media, joking that “bro had hospital robe on like he escaped from the psych ward. I asked what happened and he said life…….!”The post has since been deleted.


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