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    Royce issues new statement

    Royce White explains absence

    White will not join the franchise at training camp until he has "something in writing" that addresses the team's plan to treat his anxiety disorder and OCD, according to his publicist, California-based China Myers.

    "There are often negative consequences to mental illness when not given the proper support," said White, according to a statement released through Myers. "Often, those consequences are more severe for the surrounding people than the sufferer him/herself. I am not willing to allow those consequences to befall on myself or others close to me.

    "It causes me anxiety to know that serious consequences could happen if I do not express what I deal with, or if I am not truthful enough to ask for what I need to be healthy. For me, hiding is no longer a healthy option in treating my anxiety or OCD, so I have asked for some help from the organization to ensure long-term health for myself."


    I hate to say this, because Royce is one of my favorite Cyclones ever, and I love the way he's gone public and told his story. But I think this is being mismanaged. I'm stumped why this couldn't be addressed in the three-plus months since draft day. And how, despite his quote that he isn't blaming the Rockets, this really reads like it's putting the onus on the Rockets to fix this.

    I think Royce has generated a lot of patience and goodwill with his actions, but I feel like this could spark a backlash and hurt him as much as it helps. However pure and honest his intentions, it comes off as making demands and that's not good for a rookie who has yet to show up for camp.



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    Re: Royce issues new statement

    Maybe he has attempted to get it resolved in the past 3 months and the organization hasn't been working with him. This statement reads to me as someone that has been well advised by his agent to get what he needs to be successful.

    EDIT: The statement should not have been made public. I don't have a problem with the message sent however, it should have only been communicated to the organization.


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    Re: Royce issues new statement

    Yikes. Doesn't sound good.



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    Re: Royce issues new statement

    This isn't something that ever should've been made public. It makes both parties (Royce and the organization) look bad.



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    Re: Royce issues new statement

    This is strange.


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    Re: Royce issues new statement

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAgronomist View Post
    Maybe he has attempted to get it resolved in the past 3 months and the organization hasn't been working with him. This statement reads to me as someone that has been well advised by his agent to get what he needs to be successful.
    On your first sentence, I agree that's entirely possible. But on your second sentence, I think that statement reads like he was poorly advised to air his dirty laundry in excruciating detail to the public. It reads like it's meant to shame the organization. And for a rookie in an organization that took a chance on him, I just don't think he has the standing to do that. I have to think the Rockets are furious and Kevin McHale is getting a few "I told you so" texts tonight.



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    Re: Royce issues new statement

    Is it me or does it seem like he won't ever wear a Rocket jersey?



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    Re: Royce issues new statement

    Quote Originally Posted by Trice View Post
    On your first sentence, I agree that's entirely possible. But on your second sentence, I think that statement reads like he was poorly advised to air his dirty laundry in excruciating detail to the public.
    Sorry, I should have qualified that this statement should not have been released to the public.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ZJohnson View Post
    Is it me or does it seem like he won't ever wear a Rocket jersey?
    It's just you



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    Re: Royce issues new statement

    This is exactly what I was afraid of when Royce declared. Pro sports will eat you up and spit you out. It's 10x more cut throat than college. That isn't necessarily the best place to be if you're trying to manage an anxiety disorder.

    ISU seemed like such a comfortable place for Royce that I was surprised he left.



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    Re: Royce issues new statement

    I know I'm gonna get blasted for this...but why wasn't this addressed better when Royce made the choice to head to the NBA? To me, it looks like the decision was rushed without thinking about all the things that could happen.

    I really hope this doesn't kill his career and he doesn't regret declaring early. He's making a lot of money but with another year at college could help him more with this being that he would be up for lots of awards and have lots of attention on him.

    Like I said, I'll probably get bashed for my stance on this...but this sounds really bad for both Royce and to all the people helping him out.


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    Re: Royce issues new statement

    Quote Originally Posted by timappelgate View Post
    This is strange.
    Yep, not a good start to his professional career. Will be interesting to see how long the Rockets fans will stand by him.



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    Re: Royce issues new statement

    My opinion is if they're paying him however many millions of dollars a year, maybe he should just hire someone to be his personal doctor full time. I don't know that it should be the Rockets' responsibility.



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    Re: Royce issues new statement

    CyCash, I don't think you will or should get blasted for your comments as they are valid.

    The organization probably had (and still has) no idea how to effectively handle his anxiety.

    Royce clearly did not want to be under the NCAA's control and that's why he left after one year.




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    Re: Royce issues new statement

    Quote Originally Posted by Frak View Post
    My opinion is if they're paying him however many millions of dollars a year, maybe he should just hire someone to be his personal doctor full time. I don't know that it should be the Rockets' responsibility.
    Good point gold leader. I was going to say something similar to this right after my last post. Royce tried convincing the NBA teams that he would be ok and would settle his issues regarding his disorder. It shouldn't be the Rockets' fault that this has came up...it's all on Royce.


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