I must admit I might be the greatest Tweeter of all time (http://www.twitter.com/BlkSportsOnline). Lord knows I am better than Diddy and Soulja Boy. I have had some legendary twitter conversations for the Cheating Commandments to Mike Brown offensive sets, so if you aren't following me you definitely should start because you are missing out.
Last night I was getting my Tweet on during the Magic vs. Cavs game (I normally twitter during every major sporting event in real time). I was doing what I do when I made a crack about Dwight Howard. To put this into context I joke about everyone while I am twittering. No one is immune to my wrath especially when I am on a roll. I mix in humor with real analysis about what is going on during the events. It is what makes people want to follow me. With that being said here is what I said verbatim last night:
"Dwight Howard knocked up the 1st chick he played "Bed Gammon" with & she just happened to be a Magic Cheerleader. "Pimp Focus" not strong"
I got a few replies everyone had a good laugh and I went about my business of watching David Stern gurantee that Lebron and the Cavs made it to a 6th game.
About twenty minutes later I received a random Twitter private message from a young lady. This isn't unusual because you know I am Robert Littal. The young lady though was the mother of Dwight Howard's child.
Suffice to say she wasn't very happy about my comment. She went on tell me how she and Dwight met (according to her before he was drafted) and her current career (she owns a dance studio). She also explained that because of the internet, blogs and media in general it is tough on athlete's wives/girlfriends because they are always describe as gold diggers and hos.
She wasn't hostile or acting crazy so I apologized via Twitter for the comment. It was just me joking around, but sometimes I have to remember THE POWER OF LITTAL (does JR Smith ring a bell?), so I should be a little more careful with my words.
With that being said she does raise an interesting point.
What is on or off limits when dealing with an athlete's personal life?
Normally I steer clear of it. If you want to Kobe Bryant it up in Colorado or have a female in every state like Shaq more power to you. If you want be try to be the new Shawn Kemp like Travis Henry you have to deal with the consequences. It isn't any of my business, but you can't be sensitive if you are these women dealing with athletes and entertainers.
The fact of the matter is a lot of these women are suspect. Just last night i was alerted to a site called BallerAlert.com. The site trains women to "catch a baller". Seriously I am not joking the site trains women to be able to catch athletes and entertainers. It has a freaking GPS system to alert women when a "baller" is in their area and where they will be located. So excuse me if I am not that concern about the plight of these women.
The situation with Dwight Howard in general is what people perceive as being true. I summed up in 140 characters what everyone is already thinking, so you have to have thick skin. While Dwight Howard's girlfriend was speaking with me there were four or five people saying that what I said was exactly the truth and I shouldn't apologize at all.
I am a reasonable guy and I give people the benefit of the doubt, so I had no problem apologizing. If she is how I described in the Tweet that is a reflection of her not me.
By the way I refuse to reprint the Tweet from another young lady who says she is Dwight's mistress I refuse to do it. This isn't TMZ people this is BSO.
I would love to hear your opinions on this. Are these females being treated unfairly or are they what they appear to be to the general public?
A couple of things have come to my attention. First off I have it on good authority that the young lady in question and Dwight Howard are no longer together. I also have it on good authority that at the time of baby conception they weren't together. Also there seems to be a question of who financed the Dance School that she currently owns.
Does that change my opinion on the subject? It does slightly only because I was led to believe that they were together and that was a bit of a deception which one could say confirms my initial belief about what happened.
Does this change your opinion?
Written By BonaFide Sports Expert Robert Littal