Many people don't understand mental illness, of any kind. I know it took me many years to understand my wife's depression. You're sad, everybody gets sad, get over it. It's just not that easy. If you don't have mental illness, you can't understand. Even if you do, yours is probably much different than any others'. Part of his illness may be the reason for the way he's handling it. After reading many of his followers tweets, most applaud him for standing up for the illness.
Most of us say that we support our families by doing what we don't want. That's absolutely true. But we probably don't sign up for a job that requires air travel if that is a deathly fear. I didn't apply to be a tower installation person because I'm terrified of heights. Royce has a God-given talent that has many negative side-effects for his condition. He is willing to find a job to feed his family if this doesn't get resolved. He is doing what he can to reduce the side-effects of his job. Is that his problem or ours?
The problem isn't the mental illness. The problem is if he was this concerned about it, he shouldn't have signed a contract to do a job in the first place.
I've never had the disorder that Royce has so I don't feel I can judge his actions until hearing them through his words.
Some people keep making comments about him getting paid millions of dollars.
Just so we're all on the same page...he is suspended WITHOUT pay.
He is not just sitting on his butt in his house cashing checks.
I really don't think you can make judgements of what Royce is doing just by what he says. Here's what he DID:
He didn't show up in shape, he tried to change his deal after he was drafted and signed the contract, he used the Newtown shootings to push his platform, and he repeatedly bashed his employer when he knew they couldn't talk back.
He took advantage of the Rockets to bring attention to himself and make himself a martyr, and it's just not right, anxiety or not.
Some pretty brutal feedback at insidehoops.com forum
Royce White: “I’m only high maintenance because you’re uneducated” - Message Board Basketball Forum - InsideHoops
I don't think people are hating Royce White, I think the're hating the way this has all played out. The general public doesn't know what is being said behind closed doors and they probably shouldn't know. It's no difference from a pending court case where the parties don't comment on anything. Right now I think it's a matter of control. I think Royce wants his doctor making the decisions and the Rockets want their own doctors. There is a serious lack of trust between the two parties and until they start to trust each other it will be difficult to move ahead.
The light in the Anxiety limelight is dimming. People are ready to move onto more interesting topics like imaginary girlfriends and lifetime doping.
Excuse me if this was posted guys didn't read all 7 pages on this topic but is there a replay of the HBO interview anywhere that can be downloaded or linked to watch. Thanks.
... Also wanted to add that IMO people need to stop questioning other people's knowledge and understanding of anxiety disorders and mental illness. It's different for everyone and in working with the emotionally disturbed and delinquent personalities for over 25 years I have often seen the anxiety disorder as a personality result of a possible major PTSD event that has happened. Maybe, maybe not. I know I battled a significant fear of flying about 10 years ago and I would do anything to avoid flying and suffered through some scary flights gripping the seat but finally got over it.
Royce White on PTI..... Now. Turn to ESPN.
Royce says he will report to the Rockets D-league team. Finalizing details. Will report within a week.
This interview was interesting. It was probably the most informative of anything I've heard from Royce yet.
He hasn't been paid yet.
He already disengaged before being assigned and refusing to go to the D League.
He submitted a protocol. [Then, make it public. Let's see it.]
He says McHale doesn't run the team. McHale handles basketball, but isn't the team's business leader.
He said the player's contract is vague regarding mental health. [Then, why isn't he bashing the union as much as management, especially since the union is supposed to represent him.]
He compares his situation with that of Magic Johnson when AIDS wasn't well understood.
In his banter with the hosts, he said he just called in when he heard them talking about him. He said "I like to do spontaneous things." Yet, his main criticism against the Rockets is that they were "making it up as we go" with regard to him. Seems like his PR strategy is essentially his impulsive tendencies and they haven't served him very well.
He says he expected to return and play in the D League by Feb 11th after they "get the paperwork done." [So, apparently he is able to get some sort of supplemental agreement beyond the standard player's contract.]