Dwight Howard is making headlines ever since a woman, who is believed to be transgender, took to Twitter to reveal that the Washington Wizards center abused her during an alleged secret relationship they had.
Masin Elije claims Howard cheated on her with other trans women while the two were reportedly engaged in a romantic relationship. She also claims she’s now coming forward as a result of being stalked, threatened and harassed by Howard.
Of course Twitter reacted to the news, however instead of sharing their concern for Elije’s safety – predictably – most mocked Howard for supposedly being with a trans person.
This guy asks for a picture. Dwight Howard was nice enough to take it with him. Then this asshole finds out Dwight Howard is gay and uses the picture to slur him because of that. This is the worst kind of asshole. https://t.co/3bhnetZKxd— Chris D'Elia (@chrisdelia) November 25, 2018
You ever wonder if the transphobic and homophobic jokes you’re making about Dwight Howard right now are the exact reason he felt he needed to threaten someone’s life to keep it a secret or nah?— Ronald Funches (@RonFunches) November 25, 2018
Transphobia is literally killing people. Especially trans people of color. Hopefully this Dwight Howard situation can open up that discussion on a bigger level. Hopefully the TMZ-ness of this situation will quickly pass & the national discussion of #translivesmatter will remain.— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) November 25, 2018
congratulations to everyone incpabale of clowning on dwight howard without being homophobic/transphobic.— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) November 25, 2018
1. Dwight Howard sexuality is not the issue and it should never be.— Tonisha (@TLB8275) November 25, 2018
2. The REAL ISSUE is him stalking and making threats.
3. I don't condone the transphobia in that thread or outing of the transwoman.
4. A huge ass mess.
yall wanna see transphobia in full force??? go see why dwight howard is trending. yall are disgusting who cares stop being transphobic— cameryn (@cameryngrace_) November 25, 2018
Me reading these Dwight Howard jokes knowing they transphobic and trying not to laugh cause transphobia wrong pic.twitter.com/eoaYEeMkJ9— Steve McGarrett🤴🏿 (@capo__deicapi) November 25, 2018
Dwight Howard has not responded to the allegations publicly yet.
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