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.