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SBD/July 2, 2012/Franchises
Howard Denies Using The Term "Blackmail" To Describe Magic's Push For Him To Re-Sign
Published July 2, 2012
DWIGHT DRAMA: In Orlando, Mike Bianchi writes if Howard is “actually making the reckless claim of ‘blackmail’ after preaching ‘loyalty’ then that would make him the most disingenuous superstar in all of sports” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 7/2). CBSSPORTS.com’s Ken Berger wrote the Howard trade talk has “reached new levels of absurdity that defy even the most dumbed-down standards for sports hypocrisy and lewdness” (CBSSPORTS.com, 7/1). SPORTING NEWS’ David Whitley wrote, “Just when you thought he couldn’t damage his reputation any more, Howard is claiming the Orlando Magic ‘blackmailed’ him into staying with the team.” Howard has “turned into such a prima donna Cher should be suing him for stealing her act” (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 7/1). ESPN's Jemele Hill said, "He’s got a lot of growing up to do and that’s what we’ve seen play out in this process. The reason he probably doesn’t want to stick around in Orlando is because he’s now realizing the gravity of what he caused" ("The Sports Reporters," ESPN, 7/1).