NBA Star Dwight Howard: I’m Not Gay
“I went through a situation last year that really just set me free. It ended up being a situation that was—it went viral. People were talking about it, and it upset me because I didn’t even know who the person was. Why would somebody who I never met, never had any contact with, make up a whole story about me? I saw all the hate, the pure hate, from people that I’ve never met before, just pile up everywhere I went.
“I think that liberated me. Because I saw how a lot of people would feel, whether they’re gay or they’re straight. Whether they have issues. People are afraid to be who they are. They’re afraid to just step out and be. Because they’re afraid of what other people might say or think about them. That situation made me realize you’re not like this, but just be you, be free.”
When asked to clarify that he meant he’s not gay, he then confirmed stating:
“I’m not gay. It’s a lot of people who are and they have to hide, and there’s people who have mental issues and they have to hide. There’s people who have different problems in life and they have to hide. They have to put on the mask every day, and it’s like, I don’t wanna wear no mask, I just wanna be.”
Last year, Howard made headlines when a man named Masin Elije claimed to have a romantic relationship with him.
Elije shared his allegations on social media, posting alleged messages, along with an audio recording.
Elije filed a lawsuit against Howard seeking damages (via Black Sports Online). Howard countersued Elije. No additional information about the case has been shared. Source: Bleacher’s Report