Over the weekend, Dwight Howard made headlines after he was caught using the banned Stickum spray during a game against the Houston Rockets.
The Internet has since went crazy, labeling him a cheater… which he says has surprised him and left him disappointed.
In a statement Monday (March 21), Howard said he doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about.
“I just think that it’s getting overblown, like I’m doing something crazy,” he said. “But again, I’ve never been a cheater, never been the type of player that has to do something illegal to win. It’s upsetting, but I can’t control it now.”
Howard sprayed the sticky substance onto his hands while waiting to check in. When he stepped onto the court, he grabbed the ball before bouncing it to Hawks forward Paul Millsap, who was shooting free throws. However, Millsap complained about the ball and gave it to the refs who investigated and offered a warning to both teams.
The NBA is currently reviewing the incident, which took place during Houston’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.
After the game, Howard said he’s been using Stickum for years without incident, and that many players use sprays and powders on their hands during games.
“I’ve been using the spray for the last five years,” he said. “I never hid the spray. I never did anything to try to hide what I was doing. It was just something to make my hands dry.”