White, who has yet to play for the Houston Rockets, has left his D-League team and will continue to work out in Houston, although he will not play for the NBA club. White has a fear of flying and other anxiety issues that the team was aware of and promised to work through, but the relationship between White and the Rockets seemed to deteriorate as the season went on.
The 16th pick in last year’s draft tweeted that he was following his doctors’ advice.
Have been advised by our team physician it is most logical I be in Houston the remainder of the season. Thank you @rgvvipers for having me.—
Royce White (@Highway_30) March 21, 2013
Twitter reacted, as it often does, quickly and mercilessly. White retweeted many of the more angry messages he received.
@Highway_30 You are a self-entitled little twat who uses his anxiety issues as an excuse to be human waste. Good job scamming the Rockets.—
Felix Ng (@felixng2011) March 21, 2013
@Highway_30 Shocker that you quit, I guess the people who thought that a player suffering mental illness should never be drafted were right.—
Bobby Bongio (@Bobbythegreat) March 21, 2013
It is up in the air when White might get onto the court for the Rockets, if ever, but it definitely will not be this season.