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Secret Service: Delonte West was not banned from White House

Jan 9, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

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So the Mavericks met with President Obama this morning, and the Pres. got in his requisite Chicago Bulls reference, and even took a shot at the Miami Heat (see below). But that story that Delonte West told about being banned from the festivities? Not true, as it turns out.

West had told the Fort Wort Star-Telegram that he had been banned from attending due to pleading guilty to weapons charges during a traffic stop in Maryland in 2009. So he didn’t go.

But Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said in fact West could have taken part. A team spokeswoman, Sarah Melton, also said West was not banned from the White House ceremony but declined to comment on why he didn’t attend. West was not a member of the championship squad but joined the Mavericks prior to this season.

Man, West is one weird dude.

Meanwhile, in Obama’s statement to the Mavericks:

“They know how good teams win,” Obama said. “Not just by jumping higher or running faster, but by finding the open man, working together, staying mentally tough, being supportive of each other, playing smarter.”

Was that a rip on the Miami Heat? Apparently so.

He said that’s how Dallas “took down some of the league’s best teams … including the Miami Heat, who got a little bit of attention last year.”

Dallas Mavericks visit White House, Obama [Huffington Post]
Steve Urkle crashed the Mavericks’ White House visit, apparently [Off the Bench]

  1. Dirty D Fo - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    blah blah blah