NBA center Dwight Howard went on FS1's "Fair Game" with Kristine Leahy this week to talk about the allegations that were made against him during the 2018 season, centered around assertions that he was a homosexual and had also been unfaithful to his partner. In the new interview, Howard denied that he was gay and said the entire process made him "never want to come outside again."
Despite it being a difficult process to go through, Howard said that the sequence ultimately "set [him] free" and that he could eventually be himself without caring what anyone else thought.
Howard also went on to talk about all the hate he received from people he didn't know who thought he was gay, making him understand why there are people who live in the shadows and are afraid to be themselves.
Howard also referenced the lawsuit filed by Masin Elije, who claimed he had a sexual relationship with Howard.
"It upset me because I didn't even know who the person was. Why would somebody who I've never met, never had any contact with make up a whole story about me?"
Howard was pretty straightforward in his denial here, but did speak eloquently about the plight of those who feel they're unable to be free. For more context, you can see the entire interview on Wednesday on FS1.