Houston Rockets rookie power forward Royce White says that he is willing to walk away from the NBA. The comment follows on the heels of a current standoff with the NBA over him traveling with the team despite his fear of flying along with an anxiety disorder.
In an interview with ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez, White told the reporter that he has a meeting with Houston general manager Daryl Morey on Monday to discuss the entire situation that is currently going on.
White went AWOL from his team earlier this week and has not appeared at a team game or practice since. Earlier in the week, White also tweeted on his verified Twitter account that the Rockets have been “inconsistent” with helping him with his health condition.
White told Dominguez, “I’d rather tell them on the front end and be honest and transparent and never play again for that than allow me to become one of the stories because I wasn’t able to communicate. We all look at the stories that happen later and go, ‘Man, you just wish this guy was able to communicate his problems.’ Or you wish somebody would just’ve talked to him and wished that the communication would’ve been there.”
White then went on to say, “Well now the communication’s there and there’s still a problem, right? That means the problem isn’t us. The problem is the art of the business, right? At no point will I compromise my health in the interest of business.”
When Dominguez asked if he was sure he would give up his NBA career in the interest of openness and honesty, White replied, “If that’s what it means.”
Friday night the Rockets released the following statement on the situation, “We are committed to his long-term success and we will continue to support him now and going forward.”