Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is suing the mother of his son, saying that she violated their agreement by publicizing criticisms against him on the Internet.
In documents released by WFTV in Orlando, Howard’s attorneys are seeking $9.2 million in damages and custody of their 2-year-old son. The suit alleges that Royce Lyndsay Reed, or associates of her, posted disparaging comments made directly or indirectly against Howard.
Among those comments, posted on a Web site called “Lipstick Alley” titled “the ‘real’ Dwight Howard????” are such remarks as: "He hasn't shown up for his scheduled visitation in...three months but loves his son? … "Royce is gorgeous, and a class act. The new girl is trash" … “So apparently he hits ladies...what else? … “He has another baby in Atlanta. Pays for ladys [sic] home, and keeps it in his cousins name."
These comments could have a negative effect on Howard’s career, his attorneys claim, particularly undermining his endorsement deals and relationships with various companies.
They would like to be awarded $500 per remark posted online multiplied by the 17,410 times they have been viewed, adding to the $9.2 million in damages, reports WFTV.