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Delonte West: A Modern Day Desperado?

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 30: Delonte West #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers walks off the court after being defeated by the Orlando Magic in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2009 Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 30, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Marshall EriksenCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2009

Ron Artest finally has some competition for the craziest player in the NBA.

Delonte West threw his hat firmly into that ring last night when he was arrested on a weapon's charge and with what is shaping up to become one of the strangest stories to come out of the NBA in a long time.

West, riding his three-wheeled motorcycle, cut off a police officer at 10 p.m. Thursday night and got pulled over. When the officer approached, West disclosed that he was carrying a handgun in his waistband.

The officer then called for backup, which is when the situation really got crazy. West was carrying not one, not two, but three guns on him that night. A handgun in his waistband like he had told the officer, another gun strapped to his leg, and a shotgun in a guitar case that West was carrying on his back.

How in the world do you cut off a police officer while carrying three different guns on you? Especially one in a guitar case like you're freaking Desperado?

If it were me, I would be at ten and two, going exactly the speed limit, and signalling 500 feet before I turned. I guess if you're stupid enough to be carrying enough firepower to start a small revolution, you're stupid enough to cut off a cop.

I'm not sure what West was doing with all those guns, but it once again brings to light a dirty little secret that we fans don't really want to hear about:

Athletes are packing—a lot.

When you're super rich with tons of expensive toys lying around, you have a tendency to get a little paranoid, or at least not feel completely safe. That is why way more athletes carry guns than we realize. We saw it with Plaxico and now we're seeing it on an even bigger scale with West.

Not that West's situation could even come close to be considered normal. There's a difference between carrying a gun on you and looking like you're on your way to an epic gunfight in a bar in Mexico.

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