Ain’t no doubt about it: this is probably the most interesting rabbit hole we’ve fallen into this month – nay, this year. Seriously, where do we even start with this juicy piece of gossip??
Basically, Dwight Howard was outed as gay and accused of engaging in sexual relations with transgender women. Yes, that Dwight Howard, the 8-time NBA All-Star and current center for the Washington Wizards. On top of that, he and his camp have allegedly been harassing and threatening the accuser. Yikes.
The whole thing is a bit of a mess, but it’s a mess that we willingly dove into to get to the bottom of. So sit tight and strap yourselves in because this is one helluva rollercoaster story.
Disclaimer: As of writing, this is a continuously developing story and we’ll add updates as they happen!
Who’s the accuser?
His name is Masin Elijè. Some sources identify him as a transgender woman while others say he is actually cisgender who identifies as gay. He is a 23-year-old author and business owner. He recently released his novel entitled “Industry Hoe” and his company, Mazani Mink, specializes in hair care. Masin has almost 40k Twitter followers and 52.1k Instagram followers, so his voice was definitely heard last weekend!
What are the claims?
The Twittersphere was greeted on Saturday night with this tweet from Masin:
I was afraid to speak but today my life was threatened after I was sexually harassed, threatened and manipulated, by someone I respected, my ex boyfriend NBA player Dwight Howard, and his camp also “”catfished”” by his disrespectful ass PASTOR pic.twitter.com/n1I1fwDcUw— Masin Elijè (@MasinElije) November 25, 2018
What followed was a long thread detailing his relationship with Dwight – accompanied by audio recordings, screen videos, the whole nine yards. He starts with the beginning of their relationship, revealing that they met on the set of Wild N Out. They started talking and their relationship apparently “started getting serious”. Masin then posted this screen recording:
Fast forward, I’m finally face to face with Dwight! And after that day, from my understanding we had a understanding. So I’ll just upload this screen record here just in case his team decides to lie. (Ain’t no girl gon ask you this) pic.twitter.com/JMfhPbUJL0— Masin Elijè (@MasinElije) November 25, 2018
What follows is a series of audio recordings from what is supposed to be phone calls between Masin and Dwight. This is where it really escalates and jaws start dropping. According to Masin, Dwight had been sleeping with someone else who he initially thought was a prostitute. After some digging, Masin found out she wasn’t a prostitute but in fact was a transgender woman who hosts transgender sex parties that – tighten that seatbelt, folks – Dwight frequents. Masin also posted an audio recording of that conversation and I promise you, it’s worth a listen.
So this is the someone else, A transgender prostitute that he ALSO had a “understanding” with pic.twitter.com/RG0XdiILwH— Masin Elijè (@MasinElije) November 25, 2018
So this is how that damn conversation went. Typical guy, LYING. I didn’t mind cheating but you’re “allegedly” at transgender SEX PARTIES sticking your penis in everyone raw? Okay Magic Johnson 2.0 with amnesia pic.twitter.com/xbshh9obWT— Masin Elijè (@MasinElije) November 25, 2018
Believe it or not, this is just the background to the story that Masin really wanted to tell. He then proceeds to narrate the interaction between himself and people allegedly from Dwight’s camp. He started getting calls consistently for days and he found out they were coming from Calvin Simmons, Dwight’s pastor. I know right, what is going on and why is the pastor involved??
Masin claims that he was being offered “hush money” and was constantly harassed into signing an NDA. When Masin continuously refused, Calvin got “irate, disrespectful and homophobic”. He also shared the audio recordings from a phone call with Calvin.
Calvin works for Dwight and Calvin begun to get irate, disrespectful and homophobic as I continued to deny his “hush money” and said I wasn’t signing the NDA! He tried to insult my intelligence telling me Dwight doesn’t know me and “I never spoke to dwight” Despite me meeting him pic.twitter.com/UksdSj4np2— Masin Elijè (@MasinElije) November 25, 2018
(Allegedly) Calvin and Dwight’s camp begun to tell me things like “we know where you’re at” “we are watching you” “we saw what building you came out of” and even went as deep to telling me “You gon find a new residence” pic.twitter.com/ulIaYOEPDC— Masin Elijè (@MasinElije) November 25, 2018
Masin ends the thread by saying he has already gone to the police.
Are the claims real?
That’s the question that everyone is really burning to have answered. Like any claim of this nature, there’s no shortage of both supporters and debunkers. Since the story is still developing, it’s hard to say anything for sure. Masin’s supporters stand by the authenticity of the video and audio recordings, actually bringing up some good points in his defense, including this one that has a video of Masin’s IG stories:
I been knew the DM’S were REAL!! Who lies about sexual harassment? people are making this about Dwight when you aren’t even bashing him.. your real bitches support & understand you, fuck the haters @MasinElije pic.twitter.com/1dFNZN4YHh— BbyGirl🦋 (@Londezzzy) November 25, 2018
On the flip side though, a lot of light has also been shed on why this whole thing could actually be fake.
It’s crucial to keep in mind the context that something like this takes place in. In that spirit, we dug a little deeper.
Many Twitter users began to point out that this wasn’t the first time Masin came forward and outed a celebrity. In fact, this time last year, he went after rapper Playboi Carti, also alleging that he was gay. This was initially backed up by Carti’s ex-girlfriend Rubi Rose who claimed that he was messing around with one of her gay friends. However, a month later, Rubi Rose had a telephone interview with DJ Akademiks and clarified that Carti was, in fact, straight and the conversations Masin claimed to have with Carti were doctored. That kind of ruins the credibility of Masin’s claims against Dwight, since he has a history of slander.
Some people also pointed out how easy it would be to fake the “evidence” Masin posted online, even going so far as to analyze the screen recording for glitches. Man, you just gotta love how nosy everyone is on social media.
First off dm messages are in gray bubbles when you send them and yours don’t have any bubble. Second that dm glitch has just never happened to Anyone. There’s just no proof that’s Dwight Howard on the phone and why are you recording your phone calls with someone anyway. Shits sus— Mateo Cruz (@mateocruzzzz) November 25, 2018
Apart from the claims that Masin may not be telling the truth, he’s received a lot of backlash for how he’s handling the situation. As evidenced by the latter audio recordings, it’s Calvin threatening him, not Dwight. Many people think it was not his place to expose someone who may not be ready to have his sexuality picked apart by the public, nor was it appropriate to call out the transwoman he was sleeping with. Others still call for Dwight to be held accountable, saying he shouldn’t be given leeway just because he’s a celebrity.
Should Dwight Howard have been outed? No. Should people be shaming Dwight Howard over his preference for trans-women? Fuck no. But I also think it’s disgusting how he’s threatening and harassing his ex and allowing others to do the same.— 𝖑𝖊𝖈𝖍𝖎 𓁧𓆃 (@radiorahqueen) November 25, 2018
And so, the quest for the truth continues. As of now, Dwight Howard has yet to make a statement about the claims and no one from his camp is saying anything either. Is he really gay? Is he into transgender women? Did they really harass and threaten Masin? We’re here for the tea just as much as you are! For now, we’re reserving any judgment until all sides have spoken.