A week after rookie Royce White refused to accept an assignment to the D-League, the Houston Rockets suspended their first-round pick out of Iowa State for not honoring his contract.
Rockets suspend Royce White for refusing to provide services as required by his Uniform Player Contract.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) January 6, 2013
Going into the 2012 NBA Draft, many teams were wary about drafting White because of his anxiety disorder. White has been very open about his anxiety, especially on Twitter. Jonathan Hock on Grantland.com also highlighted his struggles in a very well done documentary.
As he has often done in recent months, White took to Twitter to air his feelings.
— Royce White (@Highway_30) January 6, 2013
Unfortunately for White, people’s patience with him and his condition are wearing thin.
Hopefully White and the Rockets will be able to figure out this situation soon, as it would be a shame if White never plays in the NBA nor becomes the trailblazer for mental illness in professional sports that he could be.
Stay tuned to KJG as we continue to follow this story.