A first-round draft pick in last June's draft, White has gone from Iowa State star to misunderstood professional athlete in a matter of months. The 6'8" power forward missed some of Houston's training camp last October because of "personal matters," according to the Rockets via MyFoxHouston.com's Mark Berman.
Now, White has been forced to take to Twitter to clear the air after his struggles to adapt to life in the NBA reached an entirely new level.
Rockets acting coach Kelvin Sampson said he did not know why White did not attend Tuesday’s practice and did not speak with him Monday, when Motiejūnas and Machado were told of the plans to send them to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
According to Feigen, Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said there have been “internal repercussions" that he would not discuss. Thus began a war of words between White and everyone else with a Twitter account.
White released a statement shortly after the reports, which appeared on ClutchFans.net:
In hindsight, perhaps it was not a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder, due to the current situations at hand that involve the nature of actions from the Houston Rockets. As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress; but since preseason the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship. At this point the Rockets are aware of my position and the reason for my absence. Any other response is inaccurate. This is important to me. It is a health issue. I must advocate for my rights. It is a player-commodity league. The failure to meet my requests for support will end with me being unhealthy and that is not a consequence that I am willing to accept to play any sport.
But he didn't stop there. He continued to present his side of the story via Twitter on Tuesday night:
White described his anxiety as "not well but not bad":
Again My "Anxiety" is not well but not BAD, my main WORRY is being treated as a digit instead of a HUMAN, in the case of my health.— Royce White (@Highway_30) November 14, 2012
White then tweeted that the Rockets were aware that he would miss practice:
I informed the #Rockets of every practice I was going to miss. There were no unexplained misses.— Royce White (@Highway_30) November 14, 2012
ESPN's Darren Rovell even came to the defense of Royce White on Tuesday night, telling some on Twitter to "educate" themselves on White's condition:
For those bashing Royce White tonight, do yourself a favor. Look up generalized anxiety disorder. Educate yourself before you troll.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 14, 2012
White's situation with the Houston Rockets has certainly brought a lot of people to his defense, but has also made him a target, especially considering he has yet to play in a single game for the Rockets this season.
As of now, White's future in Clutch City and the NBA altogether looks to be in serious question.
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