Lakers’ Dwight Howard On The Loss of His Son’s Mother: It’s One Of The Toughest Things I’ve Ever Had To Deal With
Los Angeles Lakers
center Dwight Howard
is mourning the loss of Melissa Rios,
the mother of his 6-year-old son who unfortunately died nearly six weeks ago due to an epileptic seizure. On Friday (May 15th), the 16-year NBA vet revealed on a conference call with reporters that during the NBA’s hiatus he had the difficult task of explaining Rios’ death to their son.
“It’s been one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to deal with. It’s really hard, especially during this time. There’s nowhere to go. Usually if things are happening, we have basketball or something to keep our minds going. But a situation like this, it’s a situation that I’ll have to deal with forever because of our child.”
“I’ve had some things happen in my personal life that has been difficult to really handle. My son’s mom, she had passed away a month and a half ago and it’s extremely difficult for me to try to understand how to talk to my son, who’s 6 years old, just about the whole situation.”
Dwight Howard opened up about his son. He says,
“There was no way I could not be there for my son, and even for her family. I definitely would’ve felt like that would’ve been bad. She deserves and he would deserve better if I didn’t do that that.”
For Dwight Howard, the loss of his son’s mother comes nearly three months after the tragic loss of his former Lakers legend teammate Kobe Bryant, who was among nine killed in a helicopter crash on January 26th.
“Every moment counts. Be grateful for every situation that you have, just be grateful for life. I think we also take for granted the little things and just spending time with people and stuff like that. And you know after having all these situations, it’s like, reconfirming to me just stay in the moment. Always be grateful. Always be grateful for everything you have, every little thing that happens.”
With LeBron James and Anthony Davis leading the way, Howard and the rest of the Lakers were atop of the western conference, 49-14 before the pause into their regular season in response to the ongoing health crisis.
As reported, several top talent superstars including Lakers co-stars were reportedly involved on a private conference call Monday (May 11th), discussing the possibility resuming season. Reportedly, players are in favor of resuming play despite continued stay at home orders being extended throughout the summer.
Our prayers go out to Dwight Howard and his family.