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Lakers center Dwight Howard reacts to 12-year-old son calling him ‘deadbeat dad’

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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard has had much to celebrate after winning his first championship earlier in October. Nonetheless, he’s also had some family issues surface, with his 12-year-old son taking center stage.

Howard’s son, Braylon Howard, recently took aim at the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, calling him a “deadbeat dad.”

Howard has since responded to his son’s outcry after appearing on the Frank Ski radio show.

“I’m not the person to get online or go through the media and bash anybody. The only thing I will address is the issue of anybody thinking I’m a deadbeat father. Currently, I have a child with me now. My son lives with me. There’s no way I could be a deadbeat dad if I have a son that lives with me. The situation with my other son, it’s unfortunate that a lot of things have been made public.

The Lakers big man’s public execution came at the hands of several of his exes along with one of his children’s mother that took to social media to air out the 34-year-old’s dirty laundry.

He also went on to state acknowledge that he doesn’t speak to Braylon as much as he’d like to, but hope to moves past their rough patch in due time.

“Unfortunately, I haven’t [spoken to Braylon]. It’s a lot of things that are going on, but it’s personal. I’d rather keep that side out. No matter what is going on, I love my son. I would never disrespect his mom. One day, we’ll be able to get past this toxicity and realize that we’re living in a day now where they’re kill off a lot of our Black men. And I don’t want anything to ever happen to my son. He’s too precious. His voice is great. He has a great mind.”

Hopefully Howard is able to use some of his time in the offseason to mend some of the problems that currently plague he and Braylon’s relationship.