Philadelphia 76ers Forward Royce White Has Latest Setback

By Alan Gung
Royce White
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Royce White’s chance of remaining with the Philadelphia 76ers is getting slim. White is becoming a public relations nightmare for the Sixers with his increasing off-court issues. The latest setback happens to be from a domestic dispute with his ex-girlfriend.

White is under investigation for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend, according to various media reports. His ex-girlfriend Tania Mehra, a model, filed a police report in late August for the incident that happened inside White’s Houston area home in June.

White was dealt from the Houston Rockets to the Sixers along with Furkan Aldemir this summer. He missed all of last season because of his mental health issues, which contributed to his time ending in Houston. He suffers from anxiety disorder and OCD.

The Sixers might release White considering his fear of flying might make traveling arrangements difficult, especially when they have to play in Europe next month. The Sixers play two games in Spain and England in October. White missed parts of training camp last season because of his anxiety.

White’s ex said she didn’t blame him at the time in order to protect his career. However, this doesn’t look good for White considering his past rocky relationship with management. It is rumored the Sixers wanted Aldemir and the Rockets would only offer him if the Sixers were willing to take on White’s contract.

He was among the top prospects in last year’s draft, but his off-court issues are clouding his chances of remaining with an NBA team. He averaged an impressive 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.2 steals in his only year at Iowa State University.

White may be the odd man out in an already clogged front court featuring Aldemir, Lavoy Allen, Spencer Hawes, Arnett Moultrie, Thaddeus Young, Kwame Brown, Nerlens Noel and Tim Ohlbrecht. This will most likely hurt his chances of making the roster. The Sixers may part ways with him as a way to stay under the salary cap.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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