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Cops Called on NBA Star Over Baby Dispute

9/7/2010 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NBA star Dwight Howard got schooled by cops after removing his child from day care ... TMZ has learned.

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It all went down on August 26 when Howard -- who is in an ongoing custody war with baby mama Royce Reed -- went to pick up their 2-year-old son. Reed, we're told, flipped out and called the cops because she claimed the custody agreement didn't give Howard the right to pick the child up that day.

Reed showed up at the day care center for a showdown, but Howard had already left with the kid.

The cops called Howard ... and the NBA star explained he and his ex made a new agreement ... giving him the right to cart his kid away that day. But ... after speaking with lawyers from both sides, the cops handed down their verdict -- a new custody agreement was discussed but never signed.

The cops ordered Howard to return the child to the day care center, stat. Howard's nanny -- the Henry Kissinger character -- took the boy back to school and Reed took him home.

Basketball is so much easier ... 

UPDATE:  A spokesperson for Reed thanked police and school officials for their quick response. He also said the child "was seriously traumatized by the unlawful actions of Dwight and his staff, and Royce will rely upon the Courts to prevent future incidents from occurring."

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31.

Ryan    

Very interesting for all those who obviously know nothing about this situation. So question:

Since when is it a positive for a father who rarely sees his son (even on scheduled days) and who constantly files bullying lawsuits against his child's mother, to randomly drive out to his child's school midday without alerting the mother that he is taking the child? Then only for the mother to find out through a confused call via the daycare?

Lastly, anyone can do anything and claim there was an unsigned agreement. Its the old childhood "I thought you said I could..." when you get caught.

1417 days ago
32.

jay b.    

These women are the worst kind of people. These chicks are always putting the kids in the middle of their selfishness. I'm so glad I stayed away from chicks like this. Too bad Dwight and others rather chase the sleezuts. You know she was a ho when you met her.

1417 days ago
33.

happypat35    

What is this mom's problem? Sounds like a bitter, controlling, hoodrat biootch. Why is she causing so much trouble for a man, simply wanting to spend time with his son. We need more of that.

1417 days ago
34.

Lloyd Skanks    

Hey "Ryan", why is the baby in daycare? Doesn't Dwight pay you.. err, I mean Royce, a substantial amount of money every month to take care of the child? Are you, err.. I mean is she, working? Or are you (I mean she) too busy skanking it up at pool parties to have the time to raise him as a stay-at-home mom?

1417 days ago
35.

jecca111    

This stupid trick is beyond ridiculous. She is mad bec she didn't get special treament for having a ballers baby. He didn't move the slore in and spoil her. She's a goldding trick that's stuck with a title she never expected... "Baby mama". She wanted wifey status, but nobody wife's a groupie...pa-leeeez

1417 days ago
36.

K    

Gold digging trick or not... They had a contract drawn up, one which was signed and so forth. It was dumb of him to try to take off with the kid on a day that was not his.
You don't know the woman, and I'm pretty sure most of you have never gone to pick up your kid to find out that they are not where you left them. You don't know how terrifying that is.
It sounds really strange to me that he didn't call his ex ahead of time to let her know that he was picking the baby up.
In a situation like this, where he is certain days to visit the kid, thats when he should be there. If he doesn't show up to see his kid in his alloted time, it doesn't mean he has the right to go take the baby whenever he wants.
The law should be followed by everyone, celebrities shouldn't get off scott free just because they are famous.

1417 days ago
37.

Mike D    

He was supposed to get the boy on this day. That trick of a baby momma knew what she was doing. She didn't sign the new contract so that she could pull this type of crap. @ the next court date she'll claim that she needs more money for a day care with tighter security. More money please.

1417 days ago
38.

K    

Is it proven that it was his day to pick up the baby?
I'd like a link to wherever it says that.

1417 days ago
39.

JENNY JONES!!!    

EVERYONE IS DOGGING ROYCE. BUT IF THIS SITUATION WAS REVERSE DO U THINK DWIGHT WOULD'VE DONE THE EXACT SAME THING TO HER ESP W/HOW ANAL HE HAS BEEN TOWARDS HER? I WONDER IF HIS NEW BABY MAMA HAS TO GO THROUGH ALL THIS BS & IF SHE'S TAKING NOTES?....JENNY JONES!!!

1417 days ago
40.

Riann    

WOW ! Dwight I feel for you man ....yo baby mama is crazy....She must really be hurtin. Royce get a life girl !

1417 days ago
41.

LM    

OMgsh, how stupid. I think its Exaggerating to say the child was traumatized by his actions, all he did was take him home!
This woman is crazy, all she wants is attention and money.

1416 days ago
42.

Lauren    

That is a CIVIL matter. The police aren't not there to enforce custody agreements. Usually the police will tell you this - and tell you to go through you attorney

1416 days ago
43.

sonia    

It kills me how women are the first to talk so negatively about this woman. None of us know the truth about what happened between them. He might have been younger but he was not stupid. If he was not a celebrity, he would have been arrested. Let's face it; this man sued this woman for mentioning his name???? Do you really think they had a verbal agreement???? People are so typical; we jump to conclusions without all the facts. Besides is it really our business? Also, how many of these women and men have a great relationship with their "baby mama" or "baby daddy". The only difference is that your drama is not played out in public.

1416 days ago
44.

joe bloggs    

really - plain and simple - the man wants to be with his kid - the woman is surely getting a huge amount of money from the man monthly for having this kid. can't the man see the kid and more importantly, can't the woman rise above this petty bull-spit and understand that she's trying to hurt the man, not protect the child?

clear as a bell....

1415 days ago
45.

NC Bound    

That's why you should always protect yourself when having sex with random people. It's obvious that this chick got pregnant to get paid. Doesn't she realize that most single mothers would love to have the dad pick the kid up from daycare?? When the kid gets older and sees all this crap he is going to dislike her; poor baby.I bet Dwight will wrap his peter weter up from here on out.

1415 days ago
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