Dwight Howard: “I Would Never, Ever Desert My Child!”

The stigma surrounding male professional athletes as fathers can be disheartening, but for Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, being a dad to his 4-year-old son, Braylon isn’t something that he takes lightly, and he wants everyone to know it.

In the November issue of Esquire, the NBA superstar opens up about fatherhood, how he hopes “it will get better,” and what he says is the real reason some pros end up not seeing their children.

“It’s very important,” Howard tells the magazine of his role as a father. “Hopefully me and my son’s mom will come to a better agreement for my son.

When I do see him, we have the best time in the world. He acts just like me. He tries to run like me. He looks back and smiles like me.

“Fatherhood is great and it will get better,” says Howard, adding that despite what society says, his son is “gonna need his father in his life.”

“People say you don’t need a father to be successful. I take offense to that. I had an argument with my mom about Father’s Day and why it’s not celebrated like Mother’s Day,” he adds.

Painfully aware of the large number of professional athletes that don’t have relationships with their children, Howard argues that not every player is, well…a player, and that many of them make an effort to be in the lives of the children that they’ve fathered.

“With some of my teammates, they try so hard to be around their kid, and then the mother of their child makes it so hard,” Howard explains. “A lot of guys just say, ‘I’m not gonna deal with it.'”

For him, however, not “dealing with it” isn’t an option.

“I would never, ever desert my child,” says Dwight. “A lot of my friends didn’t have fathers growing up, and they were very upset that their fathers weren’t around. I was lucky to have mine around.”

For more from Dwight Howard, check out the latest issue of Esquire, on newsstands now.

Filed under: Celebrity Dads,Dwight Howard

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  • arabella

    Good for Dwight.

  • Anonymous

    That’s what happens when there is no committment/marriage; the women get bitter and won’t allow the sperm donors to see their kids.

  • Jesse

    Did he really just blame mothers for absentee fathers?

    • Anonymous 2

      Yes, he did. It’s ridiculous. He coould feel genuine sadness about missing out on his child’s life without saying what he said.

  • Janna

    Fathers Day isn’t celebrated the same way as Mothers Day because it’s simply a fact that, with a rare exception, the majority of household/child-rearing chores are done by mothers, even when those mothers work full-time. That’s not perception, it’s just fact.

    Luckily (for fathers AND mothers) our society is changing little by little every day and making that less and less true. The more fathers take an active roles in their children’s lives and upbringing, the more credit they get and the more valuable they become. That’s good news for EVERYONE!

  • 2BeReal

    That is because mothers, on the whole, can not put their children on the back burners but fathers often do and can, including leaving them for extended periods of time, and or starting another family at the drop of a hat. You heard of a rolling stone? Father never seem to make their children a priority and make work an excuse, mothers do not, and they work too, so that is why, they are cherished more. You nurture more you hold more respect. You nurture less and you have less of it.

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