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Reporter Steve Henshaw Offended Draya Michele Said He Lied About Police Report

by Robert Littal | Posted on Monday, October 10th, 2011
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Way before Draya was on the Basketball Wives: LA she was just known as a model who had dated Chris Brown.  It was a little bit after their breakup that the child endangerment accusations came to light.

Draya has FIERCELY denied the accusations.  Blaming blogs and others of producing a false police report.  We produced the full police report and Draya’s plea deal.  You can read it here via PDF form.

This has become the central theme of the Basketball Wives: LA reality show.  In the interim two nude photos of Draya have been leaked to the media.



No one would probably even know about Draya’s arrest if not for reporter Steve Henshaw.  Henshaw was the journalist from the little known ReadingEagle.com that originally broke the story about Andraya M. Howard aka Draya Michele.  If you are unfamiliar with what he wrote on that fateful day in Mid-January here it is.

A 7-year-old Wyomissing boy was coming home from school to an empty apartment and spending nights alone while his mother worked in Philadelphia, borough police said Friday.

The boy told police that he would get off the bus most days and wait for someone to leave or enter the gated parking garage under the apartment complex in the 100 block of North Park Road so he could get into the building, police said.

His mother, Andraya M. Howard, 25, would leave the apartment door unlocked and microwave dinners in the freezer for him, they said.

Police arrested Howard at the apartment Thursday night on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

The apartment looked like it had been ransacked, with women’s undergarments scattered throughout the living room. A small dog was in a cage, and dog feces and dog urine were in several places in the apartment.

While Quinter talked to the boy, the youth got a TV dinner from the freezer, stood on the counter and put it into the microwave.

Howard, who said she worked as a model, returned home about 8:45 a.m. and police told her that her son was in the care of the county Children and Youth Services while they investigated.

(video: Draya working the stripper pole)

They charged Howard on Dec. 30, but did not immediately arrest her because she agreed to surrender to sheriff’s deputies.

When she didn’t, police went to the apartment and arrested her.

Draya denies that she has ever been arrested and has ever put her child in harms’ way.  Since Henshaw is the source report he feels like this is a slap in the face and wanted to clear his name.

Here is what he had to say about his reporting of the story and the follow up story he posted on September 16th 2011, adding more facts to back up his original claims.

This item was published in the 9/16/11 edition of the Eagle about Howard’s court case. The article I wrote was based entirely on the police report (the affidavit of probable cause) that I had in hand. After Howard’s mother called to complain that the story was inaccurate, I called the police officer and he said the story was very accurate.

Howard’s entering ARD status is tantamount to a guilty plea. Why would a judge order her to 40 hours of family counseling if he/she didn’t believe that what the police officer reported he saw/heard was true? Andraya Howard shows her character when she accuses the police and the paper of making up facts after she has under oath before a judge accepted the punishment.

There is a fundamental question that has been asked since all this came to light.

Is any of this our business, since we all have skeletons in our closet?  That is a fair question, but with one fundamental flaw.

The day Draya signed on the dotted line to be on the Basketball Wives: LA, she gave up a portion of her privacy to be a “celebrity”.  There is always a price for celebrity, the bigger the fame, the bigger the price.

Her second mistake has been lying about what happened.

Everyone has seen “8 Mile” with Eminem correct? Em was having a bad couple of days. He was having problems at work, he lives in a trailer, he choked up in his rap battle, he doesn’t have any money, he sees his lady sleeping with his main competitor and then he gets beat up in front of his daughter.

When he goes to the final freestyle battle he appears to be beaten and broken, but then he does something unusual he raps about all his problems. He acknowledges all his flaws while cleverly pointing out his opponents flaws (the guy who slept with his girl and beat him up).

When his opponent takes the mic, he has nothing he can use against him, because Em has  put it all out in the open.

The rest of the Basketball Wives: LA really aren’t in a position to judge or talk about Draya’s lifestyle considering all of them are bitter older ladies with cemeteries in their closet, but Draya allows it by keeping up this one lie.

Just go Eminem on them Draya and they will have nothing else to say.

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  1. tiffany says:

    i think all of the basketball wives r jealous of draya necause of Who she is and wat she has done n her past my god i dnt think that police reporte is correct or true. i mean damn mostrar of talla r fake as hell Wanda tryna play sides especially imani and gloria haters grow up thats y u dnt have a man.now i like. malaysia she keeps it real and minds her business….oh my god jackie so so fake and two faces……

    • lateisha says:

      I think you probably have a few valid points, but they would come across much more clearly if you would spell correctly.

  2. Nicole says:

    here is my problem if this happened 6 months ago did her son become 5 years older overnight also her middle name is not on the police report and 3 who drives frome reading to philly to dance there is no money in philly Did something happen maybe but how do we know that the cops or the reporter didnt exaggerate to make a bigger story. My son makes microwave food and he’s 12 is that a crime and there are so many kids at 11 that come home by themselves because parents are working I mean why didnt we hunt down his pop and put him on blast because what was he doing that he couldnt watch him where is that part of the story. WOW!!!!

  3. lateisha says:

    The stories all say the child was 7. So what do you mean “Did he age 5 years?”

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  5. Raejon says:

    The problem with the story and their “proof” is that they 1) claim that a 7 year old boy was coming home from school 12/30/10… the night before New Year’s Eve (what kid is in school during Christmas break) 2) the information on the docket page is misaligned in some areas, inappropriately filled out and incomplete in others (sooo suspicious) 3)The docket number does not match up to any docket number in the PA court system (I checked)

  6. Jasmine says:

    They always hating on my girl Draya. They are just mad cause she cute and got a body. If she did do that to her son, then she the one that has to deal with the consequences. She ain’t gotta answer to nobody! They think cause they old they can talk to her any kind of way. If you don’t like her get some prude friends yo own damn age, instead of gossipin bout that girl all day. Messy hoes smdh. Her and Malaysia the only real ones.

    • Vianca says:

      This show is all about a bunch of haters. Laura is just an two face bitch person to Draya face is like you are an irrelevant person to me but over the series of scene Draya is the subject of attention. Likewise, Jackie is such an hypocrit I think she is living somekind of surreal live or she think her du du smell better than someone elses. Reallity check darling it is just waste… Draya with all her imperfections is more human, relevant and real than all these fake ladies.

      Some one use this words to describe Draya once worthless, little did she know that it will become the synonim that better describe your participation in this show. Why do you need to magnify someone else flaws in order to make yourself look good. This is like the redemption show for some of these ladies and the lets throw Draya under.

      Your audience can see through all of you… Trust me.

      • Vianca says:

        A better content would have been how can I be of empowerment of someone ho have not maybe made the right choices in life how does not have the same support structure, wisdom and direction…

  7. Shenai says:

    To be honest, all those girls on Basketball Wives LA, are hating on Draya cause she’s pretty. I understand that it is their business to search up Draya because most of the time, you want to know who you’re dealing with. But, you don’t need to all jump on her about it because everyone saw her on the show crying about what they were saying. I know I hate it when people jump on me and accuse me of doing all this stuff but it’s not true. And they know, Draya is a sweet girl. Yeah, she might have stripped for money but that’s her business not yours. If you’re not going to like somebody for something they did in the past, then don’t talk to anybody. Everybody knows they regret some things they did in the past. You have to move forward. If I was Draya, I wouldn’t explain myself to NOBODY on that show because she knows who she is and it’s no point for her to explain herself to some girls that will only laugh at her and use her words against her. It’s silly, childish stuff. I’m not saying that she didn’t abandon her child for a little while, I’m just saying that she is who she is, and nobody’s changing her.


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  9. MsCAU12 says:

    i think all of them just hate on draya. every last one of them act like they life is just perfect and they dont have a past and they didnt do stuff when the were young i think all of them old dusty bitties since they life is so perfect and they do no wrong and they are a “trophy” wife/ fiance/ whatever you want to call them(at least they how they potray their self like they shit dont stank) should go sit on a shelve and finish collect they dust instead of trying to stay irrelevant with they old self she still young and learn

  10. lj says:

    i like the show but honsetly they took one look at draya and didn’t give the girl a chance. they wanted something to be wrong just so they could have a reason to bitch at the girl.everyone is entitled to making mistakes,no matter how big or small.laura slept with a married man but nobody addressing her!if she did do that then then only person she has to contend with is the man above. but i pray she has learned a valuable lesson and does everything she can to be a good mom and prove to the haters she is better than that.

  11. Selena says:

    First off, Jackie is a insecure cunt, cmon her man probably ate and fucked mo pussey than he count. Imani is a hypocrite. Laura is what da hell. Gloria when u gonna marry that walking mural that u called Matt, so ur boys wont be bastards.

  12. gloria says:

    It is none of there business what draya has done in her life. I forgot there are nothing but saints on that show Oh yea Laura does not have a man and shes made with the world. somebody find Laura a man before she starts another fight and loses like the fight with malaysia

  13. Ken says:

    Wow, I didn’t see THAT 8Mile. Maybe you saw the Director’s cut. Some of those details are a little off. Nevertheless, the reporter’s “story” doesn’t add up. One example, how can the cops call the grandmother to pick up the son at 2am on a thursday morning, then by 8:45am, on a school day nonetheless, he is in the custody of Children and Youth Services. The other side of that is: what makes Draya so special that a reporter and cops have to make up lies? Lastly, does it even matter?

  14. cassandra says:

    draya i don’t know you but you give young mother’s a bad name,because being a mother means giving up your social life and your fun in the sun, but like i said if you want to fit in you need too get your shit together and fix your life lady.

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