From the frontcourt to the frontline, Bob Delaney has continued his campaign to help victims of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) since his retirement as an NBA referee.
Some of Delaney’s experiences, including visits to American soldiers in Kuwait, were chronicled on the sports website Bleacher Report. Delaney, recipient of NASO’s Gold Whistle Award in 2003, told writer Grant Hughes what it was like to stand behind a huge cargo plane bound for the war zone and to be awakened by the sounds of nearby bombs.
Before becoming a referee, Delaney worked as an undercover officer for the New Jersey State Patrol, infiltrating an organized crime family and providing evidence that led to felony convictions.
“I didn’t know it at the time, but basketball provided therapy for the post-traumatic stress that I was dealing with after three years undercover infiltrating the mob,” Delaney told Hughes.
Delaney has written two books, one on his experiences in law enforcement, the other on dealing with PTSD. He has addressed the latter topic in speeches to soldiers, police officers and firefighters. He has appeared at military bases here and abroad.
To read the online story, log on to http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1745039-the-incredible-story-of-a-former-refs-journey-to-the-front-lines-and-back.