In the midst of celebrating his first career championship, Lakers’ center Dwight Howard is at the center of controversy after accusations made by the mothers of two of his children and his son that he’s a “deadbeat dad.” Speaking with Nina Brown of WHUR 96.3 radio station, Dwight pushed back against the claims made about his fathering.
“My son lives with me. There’s no way I could be a deadbeat dad if I have a son that lives with me,” said Howard. “The situation with my other son, it’s unfortunate that a lot of things have been made public.” He continued, “Even before this season started back up, he lived with me for three months,” adding, “He stayed in my house, we woke up every morning, we worked out together, we ran together, we ate together. We did everything together. He followed me around the whole house. It was the most time me and have spent like that.”
Howard went on to say, “I’ve always been a great father. Are there areas of improvement? Of course, just like there is in life, with basketball, in anything that I do,” concluding, “I’ve never been that type of person. I lost one of my son’s mom…[she] passed away earlier this year. I was given the responsibility to have my son with me full-time, and he really has changed my life. He was one of the biggest reasons why I was able to go out there and help this team win the championship. There’s no way I could be this person that people say I am.”
When asked if he’s reached out to his son since the 12-year-old went public, Dwight said he hadn’t. “I don’t want none of his life being taken away by toxic behavior from anybody,” he said. “I love him to death, he knows that. He’ll always know that. Braylon has had the best life he can possibly have. He’s gone to the best schools. I’ve been a provider for him. Anything that he’s ever needed or wanted, he’s always had and I would never put him in a position like that. He is my firstborn son. He has my name and I will always take care of him.”