AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Delonte West apologized for a rant he made on his Twitter account following this past Saturday’s win over the New Orleans Hornets.
He also apologized for what he said was a joke when he told the Star-Telegram: “It’s going to be ashamed the President isn’t going to get a chance to meet me. I’m the president of my house.’’
West also said when he told the Star-Telegram that he was banned from going to the White House because of his past transgressions, he was unaware that the Secret Service had actually approved his admittance to the White House.
“The Mavs were working diligently throughout the night to get my information down to the Secret Service or whatever it needed to get it done,’’ West said Tuesday. “At the time we did the interview I was just talking off the past situations.
“But at that time it was just the uncertainty with the case, not so much the background check. But in the past my case wasn’t figured out, so that’s why I wasn’t able to go in the past.''
“So I was ranting on that. But the comments that I made in regards to the media, those are just parts of, maybe a long day. That’s all it is, man.’’
Although West was cleared to go to the White House, he said he decided not to go because he didn’t want to be a distraction. He said he also plans to show Mavs fans that he is a good guy.
The controversy surrounding West obviously didn't affect his game. The 28-year old Washington, D.C., native had his best game in a Mavs' uniform Tuesday during Dallas'' 100-86 victory over Detroit when he had six points, a season-high 10 assists and a season-high five steals.
-- Dwain Price
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