Do most people embrace or despise ex-NBA player Royce White?
I hadn’t seen Royce play outside of a scattered game in college when I heard about the stand he was taking regarding mental health support in the NBA. I feel mental health acceptance is one of the biggest problems in our society today, and for a professional athlete to take a stand at the expense of his own playing time as a first round pick of the Rockets was incredible and unprecedented. He certainly seemed to be admirable.
Then he came to Canada.
Royce wasn’t satisfied with the NBA’s response to supporting the mental health of himself and others, so after a stint in the D-League, he signed with the National Basketball League of Canada’s London Lightning. He has
played against my hometown St. John’s Edge several times.
Is he still talented at what he does? Hell yeah. He bangs down low in the post and scores 30+ points with ease with surprising dexterity for a big man; no one can question his abilities. So what’s the problem you ask?
Royce White is an asshole.
I say that unequivocally and not for want of just a handful of incidents. He claims to stand for mental health, but he is a bully. He’s apparently never seen a call he likes from officials, and will refuse to get back on defence in order to argue. You could chalk that by itself off as competitive nature, but Royce doesn’t stop there, oh no.
I used to believe in Royce. I still believe in his message, but I think it deserves a better messenger.