Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been cleared in an Orlando child abuse investigation, after his baby mama, former “Basketball Wives” star Royce Reed, accused him of whipping their six-year-old son with a belt, TMZ Sports reports.
Law enforcement sources say that Reed complained to Children’s Services last August that Howard allegedly used a belt to discipline their son, leaving bruises and abrasions on the child’s leg. Healthcare workers evaluated the young boy and documented his injuries.
Howard reportedly took a page out of the Adrian Peterson playbook and confessed to the belting saying “he didn’t realize there was anything wrong with it because he was disciplined the same way as a kid,” according to TMZ Sports.
But Howard’s lawyer filed legal documents claiming Howard never caused marks, bruises, welts or injuries requiring medical treatment.
Law enforcement determined that no laws were broken. Children’s Services closed the case saying that the child’s injuries that were depicted in photos weren’t that serious and weren’t caused by a belting.
“It’s no coincidence that these false allegations were ‘leaked’ on the heels of Dwight filing for major custody of his son,” Howard’s rep said.
Just a few days ago, Howard’s attorney filed legal documents for full custody of his son. He claims Reed is an unfit mother who allegedly gave their son psychotropic drugs so she can have a “chemical babysitter.”
“It is troubling to see a mother use her son as a pawn against his father,” Howard’s rep said and added that Howard will do “whatever is necessary to protect (the child’s) welfare and best interests.”