Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 1/11/12
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Delonte West has been the center of attention the last few days. First he grabbed headlines when he said he was banned from visiting the White House along with his Mavericks teammates. Later that evening he went on an extensive Twitter rant where he said he didn’t want to be the media’s sideshow.

West says he regrets his comments and the negative attention he’s received. He’d like the focus to be on basketball. He also explained the timing of his rant.

“In the past, I wasn’t able to attend,” he said. “So I made statements before we got the official clearance for me. Obviously, I got upset. I got a phone call after a few hours, and they said I get to go. I wasn’t throwing anybody under the bus.”

Even though West received clearance for the visit, he elected not to attend because he didn’t want to become more of a distraction than he already was.

You get the feeling that if he had just played cool all along, nothing bad would have happened. But that’s not Delonte’s way, is it?

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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