I don't think he is helping the sigma at all.
In any case, anxiety or no anxiety, missing practice and calling out ownership via Twitter is probably not the best or correct way to handle the situation.
While I don't doubt that anxiety is a serious mental illness and it very hard at times to live with, do you really believe Royce has handled this the best way possible? More so, in regards to social media, retweeting stuff and calling people out for criticizing him?
I'm not trying to facetious, I really want to get someone’s opinion on this situation that has, to an extent, dealt with what Royce has.
I know general anxiety is very serious and debilitating sometimes - but it's considered very treatable with proper medication and counseling. The same can be said with far more serious disorders (schizophrenia, etc.). I know this is a very hard road that Royce has had put before him, but this isn't something that has to be crippling - and that's what he's doing right now. Either he's letting the anxiety win and hamper his performance, or he's using it as an excuse but really wants PT (see the most recent articles).
I love Royce, and wish him the best, but maybe it's time to look at getting his anxiety meds adjusted. I know it's not that simple, but anything has to help at this point.
It would be perceived a whole lot better had he showed up at training camp in shape and willing to do what he needs to do to become a contributor to the TEAM as he puts the crap out on twitter, although I still wouldn't say that's right. What he's doing now isn't good at all.
Is his approach perfect? No. However, you can't fight to break a stigma by not talking about it.
I've yet to see a true "bad mouthing" tweet by Royce. He's responded to what he's classified as inaccurate information from the media and asking for Transparency and Consistency from the Rockets.
Yes, there's probably a much better way to approach not only the situation but also the fight to understand anxiety however; doing it all behind closed doors isn't going to get it done.
I think he is handling it fine. He is doing it in a manner that he shows that people do not have to have money to do what he is doing. People say oh show it on the court then you'll get the peoples respect and build from there. No, start now and show you are not only going to be the face of mental illness awareness, but also the heart. I see so many athletes come out and become the face for things like Kobe or MJ with shoes, but are they fixing they fighting for the issues that happen in the companies? No they just make the profit. Go look at Magic Johnson, he took HIV into his own hands. He was the face of it and the heart of it. When he was told he had it, he didn't just sit back and let people tell him what to do, he took it on himself and pushed to play basketball still. This is what Royce is doing.
Just a small addition to the "behind closed doors" train of thought.
Yesterday, before Royce took his voice to Twitter, someone from within the Rockets made sure the media had tidbits about Royce missing this or skipping that (which may or may not be accurate)...and so on. Yet, Royce has to stay out of the media and do all his work from behind closed doors. Got it.
Doesn't Royce have an agent? If he does, he should probably find a new one. There's a reason most professional athletes let their agents handle these types of situations.
Hopefully they can work out an agreement that both sides will honor. It is incredibly disgusting some of the stuff people tweet at him though. Hopefully he just uses it as motivation once he gets on the court.