Derrick Rose was reportedly such an emotional wreck on Monday afternoon that his only solution was to leave the New York Knicks to be with his mother and his son, skipping their game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
Rose's state of mind was such that for a brief time he talked about walking away from basketball for an extended period of time to clear his mind. Ian Begley of ESPN reported Rose considered retirement.
Rose hinted at his emotional state by saying "I didn't want to take any calls at the time. I needed that space to myself and I needed to be around my mom."
The Knicks are supporting Rose and his story, deciding to fine him and not suspend him for any games.
Rose will be a free agent this offseason.