A seven-year-old boy should be having his birthday at Chuck E. Cheese's, NOT Hooters ... but that's exactly what Dwight Howard's baby mama did for their son's 7th birthday.
"Basketball Wives" star Royce Reed, the boy's mother, posted the photo on her Instagram showing Braylon grinning from ear-to-ear ... and it probably wasn't because of the wings.
As TMZ first reported ... Howard is angling for full custody, while simultaneously being investigated for child abuse.
In court docs, Howard has accused Reed of exposing Braylon to sexual situations. Howard claims his son has witnessed Reed engage in sexual acts with her "numerous companions."
We're told Howard believes this photo is just the latest example of his son being exposed to sex.
A source close to Royce says her son's birthday party was at a Monkey Joe's bounce house earlier in the day -- with his classmates -- and she merely stopped at Hooters for food. The source also says Royce has never had any man in and out of her house, and has never exposed Braylon to sex.
A rep for Howard tells TMZ, "Dwight isn't going to engage in the back and forth about his son in the media. He only wishes that his mother would do the same and protect the boy instead of exposing him."
Investigated and Cleared
for Child Abuse
11/16/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
9:15 AM PT -- We now have confirmation that the Florida Dept. of Children and Families closed the investigation, concluding, "The investigation is being closed with no substantiated findings of physical injuries." The report also states Howard was interviewed by authorities.
7:25 AM PT -- Royce Reed posted a statement on Instagram saying, "The case is not closed and he is/was not cleared! The investigation is still open as he refuses to speak to the police. So whoever these reps are that are trying to slander me, just know the gloves are off and I'm not the one to play with when it comes to my son. That is all."
Dwight Howard was under investigation for child abuse and gave precisely the same excuse Adrian Peterson used, but it appears in this case authorities found Howard did not break the law.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports ... Howard's baby mama Royce Reed went to Children's Services in the Orlando, FL area in August and complained he had whipped their 6-year-old son Braylon with a belt, leaving bruises and abrasions on his leg.
We're told the case worker sent the former "Basketball Wives" cast member to a nearby medical facility to evaluate the boy and document the injuries.
Authorities interviewed Howard and he confessed to the belting, but said he didn't realize there was anything wrong with it because he was disciplined the same way as a kid. Howard's lawyer filed legal docs claiming he never caused marks, bruises, welts or injuries requiring medical treatment.
Sources connected to Howard tell TMZ ... Children's Services closed out the case after determining the injuries depicted in the photos were not caused by a belting. In other words ... whatever Howard did was not that serious.
And there's this twist ... Howard filed legal docs Wednesday and he's gunning for full custody, claiming Reed is a shockingly unfit mother who gives the kid psychotropic drugs just so she can have a "chemical babysitter."
Howard's rep tells TMZ, authorities found the allegations "frivolous," adding, "It's no coincidence that these false allegations were 'leaked' on the heels of Dwight filing for major custody of his son."
The rep adds, "It is troubling to see a mother use her son as a pawn against his father," and that Dwight will do "whatever is necessary to protect [the child's] welfare and best interests."
Rebounding Is Better
... 2 Chicks At a Time
11/3/2014 6:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
He's single (kinda) ... and now it's clear Matt Barnes is lookin' to mingle -- because the NBA star was chattin' it up with TWO ladies outside Greystone this weekend.
As we previously reported, the L.A. Clippers star recently separated from his wife Gloria Govan -- and though the "Basketball Wives: LA" star claims there's a shot at reconciliation, we're hearing it just ain't so.
Fast forward to Sunday night/Monday morning ... and it's pretty clear Barnes is looking to move on.
Unless Matt was just looking to make some new platonic friends at 3 A.M.
Sorry Gloria ...
This Split Ain't Amicable
10/30/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Our sources tell us ... Matt was the one who called things off with the "Basketball Wives" star -- and he's still upset and hurt about the things that led up to the split.
The Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan break-up isn't as friendly and happy and cheery as she says it is ... this according to sources close to Matt, who tell us this thing is pretty damn far from amicable.
As we previously reported, Matt believed there were major "trust issues" in the relationship -- and now we know reconciliation is the last thing on his mind.
Meantime, Gloria insists the two are working things out -- and have a "dope" relationship and are working together to co-parent their twin sons.
We're told that Matt is 100% committed to the children -- he just has issues with their mother.
Split from Matt Barnes Is Amicable
... 'We're Dope'
10/29/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Basketball Wives" star Gloria Govan says a reconciliation with L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes is NOT out of the question ... telling TMZ Sports the split with her estranged hubby is "definitely amicable."
We broke the story ... Matt separated from Gloria earlier this summer with sources telling us "trust issues" played a part in the split. So far, neither Matt nor Gloria have filed for divorce.
Now, Gloria tells us the two are still on pretty good terms -- "we're dope" -- and says they're working together extremely well to co-parent their twin boys.
It's an interesting turn of events ... considering Gloria is being sued for allegedly forging Matt's name on official documents to take out a secret $150k loan.
Gloria also says she expects to get together with Matt this weekend to help the kids celebrate Halloween.
Stay tuned ..
Draya Michele's Ex-BF
I Want Our
Sex Tape Back!
10/26/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Draya Michele's ex-BF claims they made a sex tape ... and now he's suing to get it back -- because he's worried their skin flick will go public.
TMZ has learned a video is being shopped around to the big porn companies ... featuring a woman who looks a lot like the "Basketball Wives" star -- and her ex, David Miranda.
Miranda filed suit in NY small claims court ... for loss of "private documents." David tells us the private "doc" in question is actually a sex tape.
David says he and Draya were banging from Jan. 2011 to Sept. 2013 ... and have videos meant for their eyes only -- and now he's upset someone is pimping it.
Miranda blames Draya for the alleged footage ending up in the wrong hands.
We reached out to Draya ... her rep had no comment.
Dallas Cowboys Star
... Says Super Hot GF
10/24/2014 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dallas Cowboys star Orlando Scandrick isn't just killin' it on the field ... he's killin' it in the bedroom too ... so says his super hot GF Draya Michele.
The "Basketball Wives L.A." star was leaving an event at the Mondrian -- in a super tight, super revealing dress -- when we asked if she takes any credit for the incredible season Orlando is having.
Ya gotta hear what Draya says -- pretty funny.
FYI -- the Cowboys are 5-0 with Scandrick on the field this season ... and he's on track to make the Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
Even if he doesn't, it's clear this dude will have no trouble gettin' lei'd.
Matt Barnes & Gloria
Will Get Back Together
... Says Gloria's Sister
10/17/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Don't put a fork in Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan's marriage just yet ... 'CAUSE IT AIN'T OVER ... so says Gloria's sister Laura Govan -- who knows what it's like to be in a relationship with an NBA star.
Laura -- who has 4 kids with NBA star Gilbert Arenas -- was out in Calabasas when our photog asked if there was chance her sister would ever reconcile with Matt now that they've separated.
Peep the video -- it's clear Laura's a "glass half full" type of gal ... and explains why there's no doubt they'll be one happy couple again in no time.
NBA Star Matt Barnes
Separated from Gloria Govan
... 'Trust Issues'
10/14/2014 7:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes has separated from his reality star wife Gloria Govan ... TMZ Sports has learned -- and sources close to the couple tell us it's all over "trust issues."
Barnes and Govan were married back in 2012 -- and have 5-year-old twin boys together.
Sources connected to the couple tell us Matt and "Basketball Wives: LA" star Gloria have been separated for about 6 weeks.
We're told they're still technically living in the same house -- but it's just temporary and it's just a matter of time before one of them moves out and they start the divorce process.
Maybe one of the biggest signs things were going south ... Matt hasn't posted a picture of Gloria on Instagram in months. And we haven't been able to find a picture of Gloria wearing her wedding ring since late-August.
NFL Star Orlando Scandrick
With 'Basketball Wives' Star
10/6/2014 7:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Two big victories for Dallas Cowboys stud Orlando Scandrick ... first, he beat the Texans -- and then, he GOT BACK TOGETHER WITH HIS EX!
Just two months after "Basketball Wives: LA" star Draya Michele kicked him to the curb, the two were back in each other's arms in Dallas this weekend.
Michele went to the game -- rooted for Orlando -- and even sat with his family members.
Afterward, she posted a pic on Instagram with the caption, "We might not HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER, but TOGETHER we HAVE IT ALL."
Back before the split in August, Draya had said the two were close to marriage.
Wonder if they're gonna pick up where they left off.
'Basketball Wives' Star
Husband 'Almost Left Me'
... For Leaking Nude Pic
9/29/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former NBA star Doug Christie was SO PISSED when his wife leaked a topless photo to the Internet earlier this year, he almost ended the marriage ... so says Jackie Christie.
The "Basketball Wives: LA" star was out in Hollywood this weekend when she admitted to TMZ Sports that she was the person responsible for the topless getting onto the web back in June ... but swears it was an accident.
Still, Jackie says Doug was so mad about the debacle, that "[he] almost left me."
Check out the clip ... Jackie blames the whole thing on an Instagram screw-up -- but her story seems a bit fishy.
We'll explain why on the premiere of "TMZ Hollywood Sports" -- which airs TONIGHT on Reelz at 8PM ET, 5PM PT.
Ring-Shames Russell Westbrook
'My Ring's Worth $1 MILLION!'
9/5/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gilbert Arenas' lady Laura Govan is serving notice to all basketball wives -- there's only one (engagement) ring to rule them all ... and it's the MILLION DOLLAR stone she rocks on her hand.
Laura was out in Calabasas when our camera guy asked her about Russell Westbrook's endearing display of love to his fiancee -- a sick $700k engagement ring.
That's when the bombshell was dropped -- Laura told us she thinks the Westbrook ring is "cute" ... but can't touch the million dollar MONSTER on her ring finger!!
You gotta see this clip -- Govan explains why she DESERVES to rock the massive rock ... and it's clear she's not shy about it.
Draya Michele Sued
She May be Victim
Of Smear Campaign
8/22/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Draya Michele just got sued by a club that had claimed she cancelled a gig because there were too many gay people ... but there's now evidence she may be the victim of a smear campaign.
TMZ broke the story ... a VIP hostess at Penthouse nightclub claimed Draya showed up for a scheduled event August 10, surveyed the crowd and then homophobically groused there were too many "f**s" and "d**es." The hostess said Draya stormed out, making the night a disaster.
But in the club's lawsuit ... there is not a word mentioned about homophobic comments. In fact ... the lawsuit doesn't even say Draya showed up. It says they got a text from her saying she was too tired to show.
The story in the lawsuit syncs up with the one Draya told us ... that she never showed up because she was sick. She also told us the club owner threatened to trash her in the media for being a no show.
The question ... did the owner make good on his threat?