After further investigation, NBA star Dwight Howard will not face charges regarding his alleged criminal child abuse, according to Atlanta law enforcement officials. Howard’s lawyer, David Markus, stated Howard will continue to act in the best matter of his children. “We are gratified that the Atlanta Police Department…has closed the case,” he said. This was the second time law enforcement in two states have investigated Howard, but resisted charging him for any criminal acts.
Last November, Cobb County police investigated the 29-year-old Houston Rockets center for possible child abuse. Though, the case was transferred to Atlanta police for jurisdiction matters. Sargent Greg Lyon of the Atlanta Police Department said on Thursday that they confirmed that they will decline to pursue any further charges.
In 2004, Howard entered the NBA draft after a career at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. He played with the Orlando Magic for eight seasons, being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012. In July of the next year, Howard was signed by the Houston Rockets.
By Alex Lemieux
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