DENVER, CO – APRIL 10: Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates their victory over the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena on April 10, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)
Former Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard has dominated headlines in recent days due to a lawsuit that accuses him of sexually assaulting a man, and the subsequent speculation regarding his sexuality.
He denied that claim and stated that all sexual activity between him and accuser Stephen Harper was consensual. Many people have focused on the fact that he admitted to engaging in sexual activity with other men.
In an Instagram Live stream, Dwight Howard had a fiery response to the speculation regarding his sexuality.
“Y’all can stop with the nonsense, worried about all this bullcrap. Mind your business,” said Howard in a response, as seen below. “That’s the problem with y’all people, y’all worried about who people spend their time with. Whatever I’m doing in my bedroom is my damn business. Whatever you’re doing in your bedroom is your damn business, that ain’t for everybody.”
“You ain’t gotta explain that to nobody, no matter what they say,” he continued. “They can say anything, who gives two shits? Y’all too damn nosey worried about what I’m doing in my bed. Hell, the people who know what’s going on in my bed, they know what the hell going on with my bed and what the hell I do in it. That ain’t for everybody on the internet. That ain’t for no blogs, that ain’t for no websites. I ain’t gotta tell nobody where I put my wood at, since y’all wanna get to it.”
He went on to call people speculating on his sexuality “weird,” while saying “‘Oh shoot, y’all heard about that Dwight, they said Dwight was text messaging a guy.’ N***a, who cares?!” he said. “You just mad I wasn’t text messaging your ugly ass.”
Howard then spoke on the lawsuit. “Stop worrying about it. I ain’t gotta deny it, I don’t gotta talk about none of that crap,” he said. “This shit didn’t even happen. You worried about the wrong stuff. That’s why it’s called an accusation. Allegedly. Come on, man.”
Some of the allegations in the lawsuit are disturbing, and the situation is one worth monitoring as time goes on.
Howard appeared to be on the verge of making it back to the NBA last month when he met with the Golden State Warriors, but the team decided to go in a different direction. With these allegations and hoopla surrounding his case, teams in the league are likely to steer clear of him so he will not become a distraction.
The former No. 1 overall pick from the 2004 NBA Draft last appeared in the league during the 2021-22 season for the Lakers. He averaged 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game on 61.2 percent shooting from the field.