Josh Howard's Latest Antics: Is He Worth the Trouble?

Brittni O'RyanContributor ISeptember 16, 2008

Josh Howard's Latest Antics - Is He Worth the Trouble?
Just when I thought Josh Howard couldn't bring any more shame to the Dallas Mavericks and their fans, he proves me wrong. While J-Ho should be laying low, he's instead stirring up more useless controversy. 
It all started when Josh Howard brought unexpected and possibly unprecedented attention to himself; it was just hours before Game 3 of the Mavericks' first-round series with the New Orleans Hornets when Howard decided he'd openly discuss his off season marijuana use on Dallas' ESPN Radio affiliate.

At this point, I tried to defend Josh. Everyone makes mistakes. Then, however, after a loss in Game 4, Howard passed out fliers in the locker room inviting teammates to celebrate his 28th birthday at a Dallas nightclub with the Mavericks down 3-1 in the best-of-7 series.
OK- Not the best timing, Josh.

For his next brilliant move, Howard was arrested in his hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C., after police allegedly caught him street racing. He was charged with reckless driving and speed competition (the legal term for drag racing) after police clocked him going 94 in a 55 mph zone.  He was released from the Forsyth County jail on a written promise to appear in court Sept. 23.
So is this guy on a downward spiral or what?
Now for the latest Josh Howard fiasco -- He was caught on film at the Allen Iverson celebrity flag football game dissing the National Anthem. (If you haven't seen Josh's rant,  just check out youtube: )
You'll hear Howard on the tape saying, "The Star Spangled Banner's going on right now, and I don't celebrate that s***. I'm black."  I guess this begins to help explain why Josh didn't want to try out for the Olympic team in Beijing.

He has no concept of what it is to be an American and has no concept of how privileged he is. Clearly, he doesn't mind accepting his millions of dollars in American currency. His hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Last straw, Mr. Howard.

Mavericks fans must be getting fed up with Josh Howard and his pointless drama, immaturity and irresponsibility.  At least this Mavs fan is.
And that's quite sad to me, considering Josh Howard was one of my favorite players, for whom I had a lot of respect. Well, not anymore. What is Mark Cuban thinking? Or is he, even? Why has he traded and let walk talented, loyal, and consummate professionals like, Steve Nash, Michael Finley, and Devin Harris, always at seemingly just the wrong time, while he seems to let hang on the roster a careless and disrespectful player like Howard, who embodies exactly what is wrong with the character of so many professional athletes today?

The only thing Howard is bringing to the Dallas Mavericks and their fans is shame. It's time to face facts - Howard has become a huge distraction and an embarrassment to this franchise.

Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson need to make trade - and fast. It's simply not fair for Dirk Nowitzki and the rest of the Dallas Mavericks. They shouldn't have to put up with Josh Howard and his childish antics for one more second. And it's not like Josh Howard is putting up amazing numbers - if he was, maybe then they could try and ignore all of this, but he's not.  So end it. Trade him, Cuban, Nelson.  NOW.