Tag: Dwight Howard

Police re-open investigation of Dwight Howard allegedly abusing his child


The evidence around Dwight Howard in a recently highlighted Florida case seemed pretty damning — a doctor said it appeared the NBA star’s son was struck multiple times with the buckle end of a belt — but officially that investigation was closed with “no substantiated findings of physical injuries.”

However, Cobb County Police in Georgia have re-opened an investigation from this summer into Howard’s alleged abuse of a child, NBC News learned.

The case involves an incident during the summer of 2014, Sgt. Dana Pierce of the Cobb County Police told NBC News in a phone conversation. On Oct. 1 the Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families in Florida mailed a report to Cobb County Police of alleged child abuse. The police investigated, but said they didn’t have enough evidence to proceed.

New information on the case has emerged in the last 48 hours that caused the Cobb County Police to re-open the case, Sgt. Pierce said. To protect the alleged victim in this case the police could not provide any details.

Howard told police after the Florida incident that he had hit his child with a belt, saying he didn’t know it was wrong because that’s how he was raised. Howard’s attorney called the Florida case “frivolous allegations” and said it was a mother trying to use the child as a pawn against Howard.

Howard was born and raised in the Atlanta area. Cobb County is just north of the city (less than 20 miles).

Howard has multiple children by multiple mothers, although the exact number is a matter of speculation as they rarely come forward.

Gary Payton on Dwight Howard: ‘I think he’s disliked by a lot of players’


Kobe Bryant had some unpleasant words for Dwight Howard on the court when the Lakers faced the Rockets earlier this season, and the animosity we saw was completely understandable.

Howard left the Lakers in free agency after famously clashing with Bryant from a personality standpoint — Bryant is the game’s fiercest competitor, while Howard … well, not quite as much.

It was no surprise, then, to see Bryant engage in some not-safe-for-work name-calling. But when one of the league’s nice guys in Kevin Durant was spotted doing the exact same thing recently, it was worth wondering just how many of the league’s stars share this negative opinion.

According to Gary Payton, it’s a very long list.

From Fox Sports Live (via Triangle Offense):

“I think he’s disliked by a lot of players,” Payton said. “What Dwight does is, you know you see all the smiles and all the antics, that is getting on player’s nerves. To get this guy, Kevin Durant, to do what he did, you know it’s starting to become a problem with players, because Kevin Durant doesn’t really talk to anybody … [Durant] goes at people that are fake with stuff. Only fake guys. Fake guys to me are when they’re always woofing, woofing, woofing, and they don’t really do nothing.”

LaMarcus Aldridge is at least one other player who has been seen using a certain p-word where Howard was concerned.

This is part of the reason the Lakers made the right decision by essentially choosing Bryant over Howard in free agency, despite the fact that it left the franchise in such a dismal state of affairs. Howard isn’t a face-of-the-franchise type of player; while he’s undoubtedly an All-Star talent, he doesn’t have the mindset to be the one leading a team by himself. And it appears as though several of his peers around the league realize that.

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Chris Bosh says championship pressure part of reason he didn’t pick Houston

Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

There were a lot of factors that went into Chris Bosh choosing to stay in Miami rather than joining James Harden and Dwight Howard in Houston. At the top of the list is money — Miami could offer one more guaranteed year and nearly $30 million more guaranteed dollars than Houston. That’s a lot of scratch. Plus, after living four years in Miami and loving the lifestyle of the city, he wasn’t eager to leave that behind, even to return to his home state of Texas.

But there was also pressure.

In Miami Bosh has the pressure of being the first offensive option on what will be a pretty good but not contending team. But there’s a different pressure that comes with forming a big three to contend for titles, which is what there would have been in Houston, and Bosh had been down that road before. And he wasn’t that eager to return to it, he told Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.

“I could see where people would think that’s an attractive site,” Bosh told CBSSports.com, speaking of Houston, where half the NBA expected him to land back in July. “They were trying to win right away. And I was really happy to be touted that I possibly could’ve been out there. But you know, that doesn’t guarantee anything, and I know that. All that guarantees is a bunch of pressure.”

Some of you will shortsightedly slam Bosh in the comments but know this:

Bosh did the same thing LeBron James did — he made the best decision for himself.

Bosh enjoyed the winning with LeBron but there were things he didn’t enjoy — nobody sacrificed more of their game, nobody altered their game more to fit with LeBron. Bosh moved out of the post and on to the perimeter, he learned to shoot the three and become almost a stretch five to open driving lanes for LeBron and give him a dangerous weapon on kickouts. He gave up a lot of touches. For casual fans Bosh was seen as a third wheel, not the key to the Miami defense (he’s one of the best pick-and-roll defending bigs in the game) and a key to making their offense work.

If he went to Houston, it would have been much of the same. Howard is in the post, forcing Bosh to be a stretch four. Harden is the guy with the ball in his hands. Bosh is back to being option No. 3 on a team that would have been anointed as the most legit threat to the Spurs in the West. It wouldn’t have had all the crazy hype Miami had because, well, LeBron, but there would have been a lot of it.

Bosh got what he wanted — $30 million more, to stay in a city he loves, and he’s the focal point of the offense now (although he’s still getting a lot of touches out on the perimeter). Not wanting the pressure may have been part of his decision making process, but it wasn’t at the heart of it.

And I’d like to meet the person who knocks his decision and would walk away from $30 million personally.