Royce Reed, the mother of NBA star Dwight Howard’s 2 year old son, is preparing her defense to Dwight’s lawsuit (s) regarding her online activity. Atlanta native Howard, who was just named NBA Eastern Conference Player Of The Week on Monday, is not happy about his child’s mother dissing him online and posting photos of their son but Reed, says she’s done nothing wrong:
Im very proud of my son and like any other proud parent I enjoy showing him off on my PRIVATE facebook and Twitter accounts. Who doesnt? My child will NOT grow up in a bubble! Obama is our President and we know what school his kids go to. We see them everywhere. No1 is passing judgment on how much his daughter are seen in magazines are they? I protect my son everyday and I use discretion! But my bad, I 4got that all the actors, actresses, athletes, doctors, teachers, McDonalds workers in the world dont have high profile children. OOPS! What WAS I thinking? Im supposed to pretend he doesnt exist.
Kinda like how no1 knew abt him till he was 2mos old. lol…Anyways, on the contrary, my son is my heart and I will NEVER put him in any compromising or dangerous situations! I look on my friends/family pages and see pics of their kids all the time. What is the difference? Lastly, I have NOT PLASTERED photos of him all over the internet and I find it funny the 1’s u do see are at what location/venue? Who took those and allowed them to be everywhere? I had no sayso, if i did…I wouldve smiled for the camera! I only post pics with him alone or with me, my family, or friends.<-catch that? Anyways, I grew up with a prideful family… So will my son!
Dwight filed suit against Reed accusing her of dissing him on lipstick alley through aliases and claims that Royce violated a previous injuction when she posted comments online under the aliases incogneato, anonymousgirl & miamimammi. Some of the disparaging comments said Dwight has another baby in Atlanta” and “he hasn’t shown up for visitation in damn near three months.”
Reed later apologized for posting similar messages on Twitter but adamantly denies any involvement in messages boards:
1st and foremost I dont post on message boards nor do I tell anyone to post on any message boards. Anyone who knows me knows Im the type of person you love or you hate. I dont lie and I dont sugarcoat. Ive always been an extremely blunt person and have always told ppl dont ask me a question you dont really want to know the answer to. With that said, YES i have an injunction that forbids me to say a certain name and guess what ITS NO SKIN OFF MY BACK. I signed it, it wasnt court ordered or forced on me by a judge so that misconception is wrong! I have a College Degree (working on getting my Masters), im not stupid, I know what I can and cant say or do! TRUST! Now, moving on, I have a 2yr old to raise and no1 is thinking about what hes going to hear when he gets older and what i wont be able to shield him from. Everything I say or do, I think about him and how he will feel about it when he gets older. I get frustrated like every other woman in the world so dont judge me but I know you will. In reference to things being said….lemme say this…as you will soon see, I dont bite my tongue much. If I say something about anyone or anything, I say it as ME, as ROYCE REED! Not anyone else! Not any anonymous person on the internet hiding behind a fake name HENCE THE INJUNCTION! To anyone who does that ummm….If youre SO REAL why are hiding behind a message board with emoticon avatars and screen names that barely make any sense? Just a question. Please believe I respect a person more that tells me to my face they dont like me vs trash talking over the web. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion including me but difference is…its Royce’s opinion not gentlesexyboo or any other names ppl decide to make up…yes, i just made that up, feel free to use it if its not taken. Anyways, im not gonna spend much time on this but i will say the best defense is truth and it will come out. I havent lost any sleep over any of this because Ive never lied about anything and I have proof! My only suggestion is, before any1 places judgment based off of what someone they trust has said because they dont BELIEVE they would lie to them, get both sides to the story.
Im no longer mad at or dislike a lot of ppl because after talking to a few I realize a lot of lies were told that they too believed. I cant help that and now things have gotten so out of hand this has to play out in the Public Eye. I can only say that my son is extremely happy, hes very smart, loves school and doesnt know what is going on.
I can say Ive done my research and read up on the pros and cons of my situation and im making the best out of it. I can say that I am truly loved and appreciated by those that matter and a smile is still on my face. I wake up every day to a cheesy dimpled smile that says “Mommy, I love you”. Thats all I need and all this other MESS is on the back burner.
According to court documents, one of Reed’s biggest issues with Howard is that he “refused to personally participate” in mediation. The two mutually agreed to try to resolve visitation and parenting issues, but, according to Reed’s answer, “After having attended only two sessions with Dr. Parnell, the father quit the program altogether without explanation.”
Although Reed denies posting information on lipstick alley, she’s accusing Howard those same actions in her response to the lawsuit. In court documents, Reed accuses Howard of not always showing up for visits, including on their child’s birthday and notes he “did not bring a birthday gift for his son” and “did not attempt to contact his son or even see him that day.”
Since Dwight feels that his son’s safety is an issue, Reed is asking the court for protection for her son. She wants Howard to secure his gun collection, add a protective gate around his swimming pool and secure his three trained guard dogs.