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An Apology To Royce White

by Darnell Mayberry Published: October 4, 2012

After careful consideration, I have concluded that I owe Royce White, the millions of people coping with anxiety and their loved ones affected by their condition an apology. In a recent blog post I used an extremely poor choice of words in describing White, the promising rookie for the Houston Rockets. I called him a head case. For that, I am deeply sorry.

Though I was using the term loosely, and while it never was my intention to equate the term to White’s mental condition, I realize how my lapse in judgment turned into an insensitive remark about a very serious issue regarding mental health. The use of that phrase was a mistake. I should have known better. I should have policed myself better. I do not personally know Royce White and I was wrong to attack him. But it is my hope that I can meet Royce at the Thunder-Rockets preseason game in Hidalgo, Texas on Wednesday night and personally apologize for my mistake.

Sincerely,
-Darnell-

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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