Fake Jodie Meeks Instagram Causes Stir With Dwight Howard as WNBA Player

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26:  Dwight Howard (L) #12 and Devin Ebanks #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers look on from the bench in the second half against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 26, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The Spurs defeated the Lakers 120-89.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Not everyone is taking Dwight Howard's latest decision lightly.

An Instagram account that appeared to be run by Los Angeles Lakers guard Jodie Meeks posted a picture of Howard photoshopped to look like a girl.

In the image, Howard is shown wearing a jersey of the now-defunct WNBA team the Orlando Miracle. The caption states, "I'm really disappointed ... The first thing that Dwight Howard did after signing his contract with Houston, it's unfollow the lakers accounts on social networks #lakers #losangeles."

Meeks has since come out on Twitter denying that the account belongs to him:

It remains to be seen who created the picture, but it certainly got the attention of many across social media. 

 Howard created a stir himself when he decided against re-signing with the Lakers and instead choosing to play for the Houston Rockets. He officially announced the news himself on his Twitter account:

He also changed the picture in his account to one of him wearing a Rockets' jersey.

Meeks was a teammate of Howard's this year with the Lakers after stints with the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers. After averaging 7.9 points per game mostly off the bench, the team decided to pick up his $1.55 million option.  

It is clear that the entire Lakers organization is upset with Howard's decision. After being informed of the news, general manager Mitch Kupchak issued this statement (via Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated):

We have been informed of Dwight’s decision to not return to the Lakers. Naturally we’re disappointed. We will now move forward in a different direction with the future of the franchise and, as always, will do our best to build the best team possible, one our great Lakers fans will be proud to support. To Dwight, we thank him for his time and consideration, and for his efforts with us last season. We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his NBA career.

This is a much more mature reaction compared to whoever created the Howard picture. 

For now, however, fans of the 29 teams not named the Rockets can enjoy the fake image as they look to root against the center for the next few years.


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