Dwight Howard needs to be restrained after heated confrontation with fan at Lakers game

It’s been four years since Dwight Howard donned the purple and gold of the Los Angeles Lakers, but it appears fans in Los Angeles haven’t forgotten his lone disappointing season with the organization.

Fans began to jeer Howard as he approached the locker room after his current team – the Atlanta Hawks – fell to the Lakers at Staples Center on Sunday night. One fan caught Howard’s attention, prompting the All-Star center to approach the stands.

Howard, who finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, challenged the fan to “come back [to the tunnel] and say it” while being restrained by team personnel. Eventually, Howard headed toward the locker room as fans continued to taunt him.


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Howard played with the Lakers during the 2012-’13 season after he was dealt from the Magic. He averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds that season but didn’t see eye to eye with Kobe Bryant on a number of occasions and eventually signed with the Rockets the following offseason.

Howard, who is in his first season in Atlanta, signed a three-year, $70.5 million deal with his hometown Hawks in the offseason.