(HOUSTON) — Houston Rockets rookie Royce White is not with the team right now because he claims the team’s handling of his anxiety disorder has been “inconsistent.”
White had made a deal with the team prior to the start of the season where he’d be allowed to travel by bus to certain games due to his fear of flying. He wanted to confront his disorder slowly over time as the season went on.
Despite the agreement, White was not at the team’s home game against the Miami heat Monday night and also missed the team’s practice on Tuesday without team permission.
“In hindsight, perhaps it was not a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder — due to the current situations at hand that involves the nature of actions from the Houston Rockets,” Royce said in a prepared statement from his publicist. “As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress, but since [the] preseason, the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship.”
The Houston Chronicle reports that White will be sent to the D-Leauge’s Rio Grande team. He has yet to play in a game this season.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN