Dwight Howard under investigation for child abuse

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HOUSTON, Tx. – Move over Adrian Peterson, there’s a new pro athlete fighting off child abuse charges.

We’re talkin’ about Houston Rockets Center, Dwight Howard.

On the day the National Football League suspends Peterson for the rest of the season.

TMZ reports the Florida Department of Children and Families investigated and cleared howard after the mother of his son filed a complaint in august — alleging that howard whipped their son with a belt.

TMZ also claims Howard admitted to striking his son…. however, Howard’s representatives deny any abuse.

Dwight’s attorney sent out this statement:
“The Florida Department of Children and Families thoroughly examined all of the evidence and determined that the claims of child abuse were not substantiated. The case was closed in September.”

And went on to say that “…while Royce Reed continues on her aimless quest with the media, Dwight Howard will continue to act in the best interest of his children and do whatever is necessary to protect them.”

Yea… about the baby’s mama… y’all recognize her? She’s the one of the stars of the hit show Baketball Wives.

The drama doesn’t stop there.

Apparently, there’s buzz of a new case brewing … this time in Georgia, where TMZ reports the Cobb County Police Department has opened a new criminal investigation into the matter.

We reached out to the good ol’ folks at the Cobb County Police Department. No response yet.

Howard’s employers, the Rockets, have no comment, and neither does the National Basketball Association.

Only time will tell how this all “plays out” for Dwight Howard…

Sheesh… talk about balancing “court time”.