The Nuggets mascot got his revenge during halftime of last night’s Denver Broncos-Arizona Cardinals preseason game – on a kid who’d already stepped out of bounds.
I’m not sure exactly how someone leaves a loaded Glock in their carry-on bag they send through an airport security screener, but that’s exactly what Dwight Howard said he did, according to police in Houston.
And while he got pulled aside for a while for it, he is not going to face any charges.
The incident happened at George Bush International Airport in Houston and TMZ was first with the story (which has since been confirmed by the Houston police department and the Rockets).
TMZ Sports has learned the NBA superstar was stopped at George Bush Airport in Houston on August 28th … when Dwight put his carry-on bag through the scanner, and a TSA agent noticed a LOADED GLOCK inside!!!
Law enforcement sources tell us … a further inspection revealed the gun — a Glock 26 9mm — was LOADED with one round in the chamber. We’re told Dwight said he simply forgot the gun was in the bag.
The Rockets released a statement saying they are aware of the incident and are gathering more information.
Because this is Texas — a state with rather permissive gun laws — Howard was allowed to give the gun to an associate who took it back to his house, then Howard boarded the plane, according to police. While the district attorney was called, no charges were pressed. This is not uncommon; few charges are filed in incidents where guns are found in security screenings in Houston, according to police.
Howard was fortunate not to do this in California or New York, where the laws are more restrictive. He has not yet commented on the incident.
It’s the single biggest question about Houston’s key offseason acquisition, Ty Lawson:
It a change of scenery and a fresh start what he needs to conquer his personal demons?
This is a man who had two DUIs inside of seven months and just got out of a rehab facility. He has baggage. But some around the point guard said he would change in a new situation and on a winning team where he had responsibility. Houston provides that opportunity.
Lawson also is the kind of dynamic playmaker the Rockets needed to help out James Harden, who had to carry a ridiculous load in Houston last season. Lawson echoed that saying the move to Houston is what he needed, he told Fox News 26.
“Oh yeah for sure,” Lawson said. “I was like before I even came to the team I was talking to James. I was like ‘man get me over there.’ I’ll be that piece to (help) get over the hump. It’s definitely a breath of fresh air….
“I feel like last year watching the playoffs, they definitely need another playmaker,” Lawson said. “You could tell James got a little bit tired. He had to come down and score and make passes every time on the court. So I just want to relieve a little bit of pressure for him the best way I can.”
For Lawson personally I hope this move and this situation are what he needs to get his life in order.
He certainly brings some shot creation and up-tempo play that the Rockets could use. His skill set bumps the Rockets up to true contender status. However, it’s going to take some experimentation by Kevin McHale to find lineups that will keep Houston in the top 10 defensively — playing Lawson and Harden together could supercharge the offense but creates defensive holes. Dwight Howard covers some of that, but not all.
McHale has time to figure it all out — Houston should be a lock as a playoff team and win plenty of games. But they are going to need to be better just to get back to where they were last season in a stacked West.