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The Houston Rockets first round draft pick of 2013, Royce White, has yet to play in one NBA game because of mental health issues. After a number of accommodations were offered, he was finally suspended.
The Rockets announced on Sunday that White was suspended without pay for failing to provide services. According to USA Today, the Rockets have to pay White $1.6 million this season and $1.7 million next season.
White battles anxiety disorders and wants a medical protocol that gives doctors executive authority on his mental health. He wants the NBA, Houston Rockets, and himself to sign a document with specific details that provides protocol for his mental health. He has refused to show up for work and play, which breaches his contract.
The Rockets assigned White to the developmental league or D-League, but was a no-show. The Associated Press reports that he tweeted, "Threat, Fines, Suspension won't deter me. I won't accept illogical health decisions, I will keep asking for safety & health. #BeWell @dmorey." He also tweeted, "What's suspending me suppose to do. I've been away from the team for a month ½. Guess we want to give it a title to shift accountability.”
It would seem the battle between White and the Rockets is far from over.