No child abuse charges for Rockets’ Dwight Howard

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ATLANTA, GA – Rockets center Dwight Howard has one less concern on his mind this week. Police in Atlanta say they will not charge Howard with child abuse, stemming from an incident last summer in which he reportedly admitted to hitting his child with a belt.

The child’s mother had alleged that Howard left bruises on their then six year-old son, Braylon.

At the time, the nation was in an uproar over domestic abuse allegations against other marquee pro athletes. Football players Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson were both under investigation at the time for hitting members of their family.

But it looks like Howard is not in the same boat. Atlanta police say they have investigated the case but are not moving forward with charges. Prosecutors must not have thought the case was worth jumping through hoops over.