Dwight Howard Now Under Criminal Investigation For Abuse Against His Son; Adrian Peterson Out Rest Of NFL Season–Without Pay
Remember when we told you over the weekend that the Department of Children and Families in Florida closed their investigation into Dwight Howard over reports that he had physically abused his son, Braylon? Well, according to TMZ, while the DCF might have dismissed their investigation, the Cobb County PD in Georgia are now getting involved, and the Houston Rockets center is now under criminal investigation for child abuse.
Royce Reed originally went to DCF three months ago to report that her son had abrasions all over his leg from a whipping Howard gave him with a belt buckle. The incident actually occurred in Georgia, so now the police are getting involved. According to TMZ, Howard admitted hitting 6-year-old Braylon with a belt, but says he was also hit with a belt as a kid and didn’t see anything wrong with it.
Cobb County PD got involved on Monday after they found out a doctor’s findings, which said Braylon’s injuries were “consistent with Braylon being struck with the buckle end of the belt…with excessive force, resulting in soft tissue injuries such as bruising and abrasions.”
Sources tell TMZ that detectives from Cobb County PD have completed one-on-one interviews and the case has been made a priority. But Howard’s attorney also told TMZ that Royce Reed has been pushing her “baseless allegations” to the authorities in Georgia, despite the fact that DCF said her original claims of abuse didn’t meet the standard of proof necessary to take real action. They seem pretty confident that authorities in Cobb County will come to a similar conclusion in their investigation: “The truth is on our side.”
As for Reed, she took to Instagram to not only tell people that the case is not closed and that Dwight Howard “WAS NOT CLEARED,” but to also say this:
“It’s really hard when you feel like an ant fighting an elephant… Yall have no idea. Don’t judge my story by the chapter you walked in on. Strength gets you far but attempting to have faith when you’re weakening is the true fight…”
Speaking of athletes and child abuse investigations, according to ESPN, Adrian Peterson has been suspended without pay for the rest of the NFL season. On top of that, he won’t be considered for reinstatement before April 2015. All this, if you’ll recall, is for being indicted in September on a felony charge for using a switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. This was a violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. He pleaded no contest to the lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault at the beginning of this month and the league made this new decision, which includes counseling and treatment that Peterson has to undergo to be reinstated. Embattled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell issued a lengthy statement to Peterson explaining the suspension, but one part that stood out is the following:
“The well-being of your children is of paramount concern. In the absence of speaking to you to understand your current disposition toward child discipline, we cannot be sure that this conduct will not be repeated. Moreover, we are unaware of any effort on your part to acknowledge the seriousness of your conduct and your responsibility to demonstrate a genuine commitment to change.
In order to assess your progress going forward, I will establish periodic reviews, the first of which will be on or about April 15, 2015. At that time, I will meet with you and your representatives and the NFLPA to review the extent to which you have complied with your program of counseling and therapy and both made and lived up to an affirmative commitment to change such that this conduct will not occur again. A failure to cooperate and follow your plan will result in a lengthier suspension without pay.
It is imperative that you to [sic] avoid any incident of this kind in the future. Any further violation of the Personal Conduct Policy will result in additional discipline and may subject you to banishment from the NFL.”
What do you think of the decision? And what do you think about the investigation into Dwight Howard?