Originally written on Player Perspective  |  Last updated 10/23/12
Los Angeles Laker Dwight Howard (I hate the way that sounds!) swears he wasn’t drunk when he was putting us through all that trade drama last season. I don’t know if it’s true or false that Dwight Howard had never tasted alcohol before he was traded from the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers but I do know that’s what he claimed according to Lee Jenkins at Sports Illustrated. Being traded to the Lakers drove Dwight Howard to drink … well, sort of. Jenkins writes that Howard, who attended high school at a Christian Academy (Ga.), felt “sheltered” upon his arrival in the NBA and wakes up early every morning to read the Bible. Until this summer, Howard says he had never had an adult beverage. [To finish reading whether I believe Dwight Howard or not click Read More] When the Magic, Lakers, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers put the finishing touches on a complicated, blockbuster trade that sent Howard to L.A. after months and months of trade rumors and speculation, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year allowed himself a celebratory moment. On the night of Aug. 10, when Howard was dealt to the Lakers, he went to dinner at Mastro’s in Beverly Hills, and a large group of strangers invited him to their private room. “They said, ‘Dwight, we want to welcome you to L.A. and make a toast to you and your new journey here,’ ” Howard recalls. “I told them, ‘Thank you, but I don’t drink, I’ve never had a drink before.’ And then I thought about it, and I was like, You know what, I think this deserves a drink.” He clinked glasses and lifted one to his lips. Surely, 3,000 miles away in central Florida, there was some drinking going on too. On one hand Dwight comes off so utterly sleazy I find his story doubtful. On the other hand he’s corny enough for it to be true. Bottom line: I don’t know whether to believe this story or not. I mean this is the guy who spent a lot of time convincing everyone that his Christian values were important to him only to later rack up a few kids by different women. Now we’re supposed to believe he bounced around all those club parties he hosted drinking only water with lime? And if he wasn’t drunk all last season then how does he explain his behavior? It’s one thing to say you don’t drink, it’s another to say you’ve never tasted alcohol before. Maybe he was talking about rubbing alcohol. I’ve never drank that either. No, seriously. I haven’t. I know no one really cares if a grown adult male AND FATHER drinks alcohol or not, but for kicks, do you believe this or no? For the record, a thug like myself had alcohol for the first time in elementary school. I mean, I drank out of my mom’s beer when she wasn’t looking but the point is I wasn’t a liquor virgin at 26 years old like this young man claims to be. Related Posts:What’s better? Direct insults or throwing shade – Grantland – Adrian Wojnarowski EditionAthletes love personality glasses – a mini-look bookProfile: Howard Shatsky of Professional Football ManagementLamar Odom’s Behavior Is What David Stern is Trying to PreventComedian Nails Kobe Bryant Meltdown – Plus A Look At The “What, Me Worry?” Lakers
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report suggests C.J. Wilson’s teammates not happy he’s seeking season ending surgery

Clowney’s father arrested for attempted murder outside club

Report: L.A.-area venues wary of temporarily hosting NFL teams

Jimmy Graham to block for Marshawn 75 percent of time

Kobe Bryant not sure if 2015-16 is his final NBA season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Arian Foster could be headed to injured reserve

Ari Fleischer: Belichick 'can get away with' shutting down media

RG3 on team's expectatons: Not asking me to be Superman

Bills' Kromer issues suspension statement without apology

Report: Patriots restructure Rob Gronkowski's contract

Agent: Rory McIlroy not booked for PGA Championship practice

NHL and MLB Advanced Media announce $1.2 billion deal

Knicks analyst Walt Frazier isn’t very enthused about team’s chances next season

Dave Dombrowski is out as Tigers GM

Bubba Watson’s caddie: Bubba has a ‘fear of crowds’

Melvin Gordon’s mom won’t wear his jersey this year

Waiver wire deals to keep an eye on following trade deadline

Chip Kelly: No regrets keeping Riley Cooper on team after rant

Houston Astros have altered their fate

Kris Bryant on changing to feet-first slide: ‘I only have one head’

Gronk, Big Papi go 'country' in latest Dunkin Donuts video

Phillies showing signs of future success

Mortensen on false Deflategate report: Still figuring Twitter out

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Kris Bryant on changing to feet-first slide: ‘I only have one head’

MLB season in NY better than expected

Adrian Beltre gets mad when assaulted after HR

Lindsey Vonn shows support for Tiger

Notre Dame doesn't need a conference

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker