NBA player Dwight Howard finally opened up about the scandal he was in the middle of that had everyone thinking he was gay. If you don't know what scandal we're talking about let' refresh your memory.
Last year a gay man by the name if Masin Elije took to Twitter to put Dwight on blast, saying the two allegedly had a relationship that turned sour once he claims he found out Dwight was cheating with other gay men! Masin even posted screenshots and conversations between him and a man that is said to be Dwight.
Masin also claimed that Mr.Howard and his pastor, Calvin Simmons tried to force him into taking hush money, to sign a NDA ad even threatened his life. This resulted in Masin filing a lawsuit against Dwight.
"It ended up being a situation that was -- it went viral. People were talking about it, and it upset me because I didn't even know who the person was. Why would somebody who I never met, never had contact with, make up a whole story about me. I saw all the hate, pure hate, from people that I've never met before, just pile up everywhere I went." Dwight said
"I just went through a situation last year that kind of, um, just, it really set me free."
"I think that liberated me, because I saw how a lot of people would feel, whether they're gay or they're straight, or whether they have issues, people are afraid of who they are. They're afraid to step out and be, like you said, because they're afraid of what other people might say or think about them. And so that situation made me realize, you not like this, but just be you, be free."
"I'm not gay...it hurt at first to go through it. I sat at home and I was like 'I never want to come outside again."
When the interviewer asked about him if he found men attractive he responded:
"I'm not gay. It's a lot of people who are and they have to hide, and there's people who have mental issues and they have to hide. There's people who have different problems in life and they have to hide. They have to put on the mask every day, and it's like, I don't wanna wear no mask, I just wanna be."