The end of the 2019-20 season was a strange one. "His focus has been trying to be there for his son, trying to find the words to explain the loss of his mother," Lakers beat reporter Mike Trudell said on Twitter. The Wizards have shown no desire to trade Beal and likely would on, Deandre Ayton has a big plan for himself heading into his third season with the Phoenix Suns, and it appears he has spelled out that plan across his back. Report: Indians intend to trade Francisco Lindor during offseason, Gordon Hayward reportedly wants out of Boston, Lamar Odom, girlfriend Sabrina Parr call off engagement, ESPN announces 300 layoffs, largest workforce reduction ever for company. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan. This article will provide information about the baby mamas we’re familiar with. From there, he played short stints with nearly half a dozen teams before landing with the Lakers again in 2019. This month should’ve been one of the greatest times of Dwight Howard’s life after the Los Angeles Lakers star received his first NBA Championship, but instead, he’s been facing accusations of being a deadbeat dad. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. And you know after having all these situations, it’s like, reconfirming to me just stay in the moment. The Mother of One of Dwight Howard’s Children Tragically Passed Away. RELATED: Jeanie Buss Believes That Dwight Howard Once Left the Lakers Because of Mike D’Antoni. She suggests he left one of his other children in the care of a babysitter for two months. Governor Brian Kemp's aggressive move has eyes of other state leaders on Georgia to see if the reopening causes a spike in COVID-19 cases or related deaths. His tenure with the Magic came to a rough end that saw him traded to the Lakers. Coyote Ugly Turns 20: Where Is the Cast Now? It’s been difficult for the athlete, so inexperienced with death, to know how to approach the issue with his son other than being there and spending time with him. That was proven true when 12-year-old Braylon took to Instagram and showed the world that his dad is just outright ignoring his calls. I stay right at home," Howard said on the conference call, USA Today reporter Mark Medina tweeted. This entire thing is just a MESS!https://t.co/9HvTTtORuP. RELATED: Von Miller Opens Up About His 'Frightening' Coronavirus Experience: 'My Lungs Were Constricting'. Dwight Howard’s 12-Year-Old Son Calls Him Out Again For Ignoring Him (VIDEO). For now that aging star will have to do what he knows best: bounce back and play. Get push notifications with news, features and more. Howard’s first son, Braylon Howard, was born in 2007 when the young center was emerging as an NBA superstar. "Today we have the lowest number of ventilators in use - 873 - and lowest number of COVID+ patients hospitalized - 1,094 - since hospitals began submitting data to @GeorgiaEMA on April 8.". Howard stepped into the situation without any significant expectations given how things fell apart with Wizards in the 2018-19 due to injury that cut his campaign short. But that’s Howard on the court. A child who REALLY NEEDS HIM RIGHT NOW! It’s easy to see pro athletes as larger-than-life stars immune to everyday problems. But I won’t look at any of them as a mistake. I’ve been a provider for him. It’s hard to imagine what goes on in the lives of big-name players. Multiple reporters shared the news of her death after a video conference call with the Los Angeles Lakers player on Friday. “A multimillionaire who can catch any flight with a choice to spend a couple hours with children who want to think he’s their own personal Superman. She suggests he left one of his other children in the care of a babysitter for two months. Dwight Howard revealed that the mother of one of his five children tragically died about six weeks ago. Still, it’s been a difficult thing for the star to deal with. The couple has engaged in a prolonged civil case over custody. Introducing ... PEOPLE's Products Worth the Hype. Wizards not willing to trade Bradley Beal for top-two pick? It’s easy to see pro athletes as larger-than-life stars immune to everyday problems. Royce and Dwight’s 12-year-old son Braylon took to social media to write that his father “ain’t a real dad.”, This is just incredibly sad!https://t.co/TvdLkpjiBs. Credit: #PressPlay #DwightHoward’s son Braylon calls him out for reportedly ignoring him #Thoughts? Howard has played both power forward and center, averaging 16.8 points per game and 12.3 rebounds across more than 1,000 games. Howard’s relationships with his children and their mothers were highlighted in a piece written by Sports Illustrated: “All of his five kids live with their mothers—two in Florida, two in L.A., one in Houston—and share his last name. Better yet… imagine having to text a 3rd party to try and find out if this person plans on seeing their 2 kids that live here and that they haven’t seen since July or SPOKEN to since August before they leave the city and the response is ‘I don’t know, I gotta see what the team doin,’ Reed wrote. He’ll always know that. Thanks for including me in the #ServiceUnites conversation @PointsofLight – it was an honor https://t.co/xc7WsjBqt0. COVID-19 shut down the season before it wrapped up, leaving everyone unsure of what comes next. Always be grateful. "We continue to see encouraging data as we fight #COVID19 in Georgia," Kemp tweeted Wednesday. The rocky relationship and his response to being “outed” for not being the Christian choir boy he claimed to be, led to a series of Twitter battles and lawsuits. Growing up a devout Christian, Howard splurged on unaccustomed pleasantries when he entered the league, but most notoriously on females. Reed and Howard have had a toxic relationship for years, and Reed says Howard has two kids living in the Orlando area and made no attempts to see them. The athlete has been in Georgia with his son, and though he has been social distancing, he was able to attend her funeral. #grateful #39, A post shared by Dwight Howard (@dwighthoward) on Nov 14, 2019 at 1:07pm PST. Since entering the NBA as the first pick in the 2004 draft, Dwight Howard has had an intriguing path. Howard’s first son, Braylon Howard, was born in 2007 when the young center was emerging as an NBA superstar. UPDATE (May 15, 2020): Dwight Howard revealed news that, for a man so focused on his mental health over the years, was devastating to hear. New story: Dwight Howard opened up about the loss of Melissa Rios, the mother of his 6-year-old son, David, and sees the unexpected benefit of the NBA hiatus allowing him to be there for his family https://t.co/DTOy2hoZRV. Anything that he’s ever needed or wanted, he’s always had and I would never put him in a position like that. I messed up. Writer for Total Pro Sports Since August 31, 2015. Howard is in line to earn a lucrative offer next offseason that should exceedingly surpass the one-year, $2.5 million deal he signed with the Lakers. "I’m not going nowhere. “I love him to death, he knows that. ‘It’s a tough situation, obviously,’ Howard says. Following stints with the Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, and Washington Wizards, the eight-time NBA All-Star returned to the Lakers and resurged as a key member of the rotation. Howard has had a busy life off the court that has seen personal life become a hotter topic of discussion over the last several years. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. Brings tears to my eyes every time I see my kids wearing my jersey. Dwight Howard's fall from grace was as swift as it was mystifying. RELATED: Dwight Howard Is a Big Reason LeBron James and Kobe Bryant Never Faced Each Other in the NBA Finals. It’s hard to imagine what goes on in the lives of big-name players. The mother, real estate agent, and epilepsy advocate was 31 years old. In an internal memo obtained by Michael McCarthy of Front Office, accused Howard of physically abusing Braylon. Rios suffered from epilepsy and died of an apparent seizure while she was alone. The 34-year-old has more than surpassed any marks as he has fully embraced a bench role in Los Angeles. A post shared by HOLLYWOOD UNLOCKED (@hollywoodunlocked) on Oct 29, 2020 at 4:12pm PDT, The Lakers center said that he loves his son and didn’t want to say anything to disrespect his son’s mother. I raise him with love not through money. That has all been put on hold given the state of the world. PERIOD!”. Stay up to date on the latest vote tallies as compiled by The Associated Press' nationwide team, Princess Diana died when Harry was just 12 years old, The Sweetest Photos of Princes Harry with Diana, First-Time Voters Across the Country Share Why the 2020 Election Matters to Them. He’s embraced his kids as blessings. On March 27th, reports BCK Online, Melissa Rios, the mother of Howard’s six-year-old son David, was found dead in her California home. Once again, his personal life came into the spotlight this past March after Melissa Rios, who is the mother of his son David, passed away after an epileptic seizure. © Copyright 2020 Endgame360 Inc. All Rights Reserved. The next six years brought four more children intertwined with battles over custody and child support — Their names are Jayde, Layla, David and Dwight III. After the Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, Howard’s ex-girlfriend Royce Reed took to Instagram to unload on Dwight for neglecting his son, presumably 12-year-old Braylon. Reed accused Howard of physically abusing Braylon at one point, but the eight-time All-Star was cleared by investigators. Reps for Howard and the Lakers did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. I think we also take for granted the little things and just spending time with people and stuff like that. Off the court, the story has been much of the same. No longer is he trying to mold his attitude after Kobe Bryant. It didn’t take long for him to find stardom as he quickly became the centerpiece for the Orlando Magic, helping them become one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Brian Rothmuller/Getty Images. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. Following that stint, he played one year for each the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards, and now back to the Lakers this season. RELATED: Reggie Bush Reflects on Stepping Back from the NFL and Keeping His 'Focus' on 'Family'. He is my firstborn son. Dwight’s oldest was born in November of 2007. While Royce is no angel, no one has ever questioned the validity of her claims about Dwight Howard and his other kids. Georgia is one of the few states to begin reopening public places and businesses like gyms, salons and churches this month. Howard has five children by five women.