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Bad News for Dwight Howard

Photo Credit: Keith Allison

Photo Credit: Keith Allison

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

The other day it was reported the investigation over child abuse accusations made by Royce Reed had been closed, although a doctor reportedly sided with Royce and felt Dwight Howard went overboard in beating their son Braylon with a belt.

Although the state of Florida closed the case and cleared the athlete of any wrongdoing, Georgia is now investigating the NBA star.

TMZ writes:

TMZ Sports broke the story … the Dept. of Children and Families in Florida (DCF) determined there wasn’t enough evidence of child abuse to go forward, but it turns out the incident occurred in Georgia. Howard admits he hit his kid with a belt, but says he didn’t know it was wrong because he was hit as a kid.

Law enforcement tells us … Georgia cops asked Florida for the file, but the DCF dragged its feet and did not cooperate. So it turned into a cold case until Monday, after Cobb County detectives saw the TMZ Sports story summarizing a doctor’s findings that Howard committed child abuse.

A Georgia law enforcement source tells TMZ … “People who were not so forthcoming before today [Monday] have been.” The source adds detectives did several one-on-one interviews Monday and say the case “has now been raised to top of the list.”

Amanda is a TV junkie with a passion for all things reality television. She's from Decatur, GA.



  1. Fashionista

    November 19, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Oh sookie sookie now.

  2. Realness

    November 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I’m sure the NBA will bail him out soon.

  3. Nessa

    November 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I just don’t understand why this fool hit the child with the belt buckle. That was too much.

    • Get Busy

      November 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm


  4. Gabriella

    November 19, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I hope they do a thorough investigation on this incident.

  5. Anonymous

    November 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    This will quietly go away like the whole teenage girl thing did.

  6. Kimberly

    November 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I’m convinced Dwight is an idiot. #ThatIsAll

  7. Old School

    November 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    His lawyer is cocky and thinks Dwight will get off.

  8. julyol1972

    November 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    This has Dwayne Wade version 2 written all over it. Rich athlete, the best lawyers, sympathetic authorities who don’t want their fave to get in trouble. Possibly crazy, and not quite truthful but incredibly tenacious baby mama!

    This should be interesting!!!!

  9. Shayla

    November 19, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Well if Adrian Peterson got in trouble, Dwight needs to be held responsible as well.

    • Barbee

      November 19, 2014 at 2:52 pm


    • Lydia

      November 19, 2014 at 7:27 pm


  10. D. Val

    November 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Something about this isn’t sitting well with me. It’ll be moved to the top of the list? But why now? How were those who were uncooperative allowed to be such up until now? Is expediting the case at this point out of concern for the child or law enforcement wanting to jump on the bandwagon of high profile athlete cases? This is ridiculous. There’s no way this should have “gone cold” until a report from TMZ surfaced. They got a copy of the physician’s report and I’m sure the police department could have as well.

  11. Anonymous

    November 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    People don’t know how to spank their kids anymore. You don’t use the damn belt buckle. And the nerve of him trying to make Royce out to be a bad mother when he’s as violent and negligent as he is.

  12. Gloria

    November 19, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Royce ain’t no saint but I’m starting to believe her. It’s not like Dwight hasn’t already proven he lacks good judgment about most things. Is he still flying teenage girls across the country to meet him in hotels?

  13. Anonymous

    November 19, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I think it’s disturbing how these grown and very big men are hurting their young sons. Find a better way to discipline them.

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