Posts Tagged ‘Royce White’

Essay: Royce White, And What It Means To Be A Pioneer

November 19, 2012 1 comment

For those of you out of the loop, Rockets rookie forward Royce White went on a twitter tear last week, after news broke that he was being sent to the D-League.

  • I’m most defiantly not AWOL… There are many things here ppl don’t know, #Honesty is what I’m sticking with. @HoustonRockets “Luke 12:3″
  • Problem goes back WAY before D-League assignment. This about #Consideration and #Health it isn’t about Rebounds & Money.
  • My “anxiety” hasn’t caused inconsistency in my participation with the team from training camp until 72hrs ago, ✈ to DET, ✈s Isn’t the issue.
  • I’m most definitely* not AWOL… There are many things here ppl don’t know, #Honesty is what I’m sticking with. @HoustonRockets “Luke 12:3″
  • It’s sad to think ppl ACTUALLY think 🏀 should be higher on my priority list then can’t enjoy success OR money without health.
  • I’d waste my “Talent”, to stand up for myself and what’s right, regarding my health 10x’s out 10. #Logical Player “Commodity” league.
  • “your a COMMODITY” and “we’ll support your health needs even if its inconvenient…” just don’t go. My health can’t afford such an ideal.

He also released a statement:

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.

I wrote earlier about White’s anxiety and the treatment he might receive in the league compared to the treatment he should receive. At the time, Royce was still in negotiations with the Rockets regarding help he’d receive for his anxiety and OCD as well as how he’d travel, due to his fear of flight. Royce himself had been fairly quiet but open about his condition.

He gave the standard good-guy lines, discussing while he needed to put his health first, it wouldn’t be a disturbance to his play or working with the team. It’s now become clear that this is not the case. But before we all play America’s favorite game, “Point the Blame”, let’s take a breather. Read more…

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