Royce White lashes out at Adrian Wojnarowski

Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

Rockets rookie Royce White lashed out at Yahoo! columnist Adrian Wojnarowski, who last week wrote a remarkably even-handed piece on how White's anxiety disorder could cost him his NBA career.

On November 16, Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski published what most everyone considered an even-handed look at the stand-off between rookie Royce White, who suffered from anxiety disorder, and the Houston Rockets. Woj's central thesis was that while White's mission to bring awareness to anxiety disorder, and to be the voice for the many, many who suffer from mental illness, his method was going to end his basketball career. Without a basketball career, White isn't likely to have a massive platform. Ergo, White needs to take some of the pressure off of himself to be the nation's leading anxiety advocate so that he can function as a (very promising) NBA player. In the long term, that would help the cause (and White's own journey) more.

White apparently disagrees.

It goes on and on like that. Twenty-seven tweets at Woj in one hour, and he's still going as we publish this. He's taken exception to a few specific lines from the Yahoo! piece, but is primarily railing on the writer. But it's all a sideshow, because this isn't driving real talk about the issue at hand, which is what accommodations should employers make for employees with mental illness. Yelling at someone who peeks into the situation as a part of their job doesn't help further that important conversation.

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