NBA superstar Dwight Howard opened up recently and chatted about fatherhood with Esquire magazine. If you don’t know by now, he is the father of VH1’s BasketballWives cast member Royce Reed’s son. She wasn’t just on the show for knowing how to twerk it and drop it like it’s hot, she actually was a baller baby mama.
It’s no secret that the two have a very public and uneasy custody battle, so it was surprising that he discussed his relationship with his son.
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I know it’s a subject you haven’t wanted to talk about publicly, but is fatherhood a part of your life?
It’s very important. Hopefully me and my son’s mom will come to a better agreement for my son. When I do see him, we have the best time in the world. He acts just like me. He tries to run like me. He looks back and smiles like me. Fatherhood is great and it will get better. He’s young. He’s gonna need his father in his life. People say you don’t need a father to be successful. I take offense to that. I had an argument with my mom about Father’s Day and why it’s not celebrated like Mother’s Day.
I’ve been around the NBA enough as a writer to see the women who would give anything just to get impregnated. And I’ve seen the men who didn’t care how many kids they had in how many different places, just as long as they had someone to f*ck on the road. Pardon my French.
I understand. With some of my teammates, they try so hard to be around their kid, and then the mother of their child makes it so hard. A lot of guys just say, “I’m not gonna deal with it.”
It’s always the kids who pay the price.
I would never, ever desert my child. A lot of my friends didn’t have fathers growing up, and they were very upset that their fathers weren’t around. I was lucky to have mine around.
In other news, Royce Reed announced last week through her twitter page that she would not be returning for Season 4 of Basketball Wives Miami. After a little contemplating she’s decided to comeback after all. She recently tweeted:
Well, As stated last week pertaining 2 BBW season 4 tht things may change & after SEVERAL conversations I have decided 2 return for Season 4
How much, I don’t know because I won’t compromise my career. I was NEVER cut/fired & my decision to return is solely based on negotiations, & messages from my fans. I love y’all & u will see a different side of me Season 4. #ImOuttie
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