I liked former Wake Forest star Josh Howard when he was a Demon Deacon -- finding him honest with the media and unbelievably gifted with the basketball. But I've got to say now that Howard has to be one of the poorest decision-makers among all professional athletes.
If your kid happens to admire Howard, the Dallas Mavericks' talented swingman, I'm sorry. I don't envy you explaining Howard's off-field behavior.
Howard's latest transgression: he ripped the national anthem in a video now posted on YouTube. According to The Dallas Morning News (where you can see the video and read more about it, and please note that that it may offend some viewers), Howard is at Allen Iverson's charity flag football game in July at the time of the video. While the national anthem is being sung in the background, Howard says to the camera: " 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is going on. I don't celebrate this [expletive]. I'm black."
OK, so it's Howard's right under the First Amendment to speak his mind about the national anthem. But with that comment, he just disrespected so many different groups it'd be impossible to count them all. This comes on the heels of Howard getting arrested in July in North Carolina for a late-night street race and his admission last season that he uses marijuana occasionally.
What do you think about Howard's actions?
11 months ago