Royce White suspended by Rockets

Royce White suspended by Rockets
January 6, 2013, 11:00 am
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The Houston Rockets have suspended rookie first-round pick Royce White.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey released the following statement on Sunday morning:

"The Houston Rockets have suspended Royce White effective immediately for refusing to provide services as required by his Uniform Player Contract. We will continue to work with Royce to hopefully come to a resolution."

White has had a long history with anxiety disorders. The Rockets had been working with him to come up with a resolution. White missed an early portion of the preseason, came back, but left the team before ever playing a regular season game. The Rockets officially sent him to the D-League on Dec. 29. White refused the demotion the next day.

According to the Houston Chronicle, White is refusing to play until an addendum to his contract that he has written is agreed upon by the Rockets.

White was the Rockets' 2012 first-round pick (16th overall) from Iowa State. He has publicly, through Twitter and through public statements, voiced his opinions on how he feels the Rockets are handling his situation.

On Sunday morning, White took to his Twitter account once again: