Listen, I don't have a probably with Dwight Howard putting on a facade and showing up to help out with 'The Boys And Girls Club'. I don't even have a problem with him throwing on some minion shoes and parading around as the quirky uncle when he is so obviously a dickhead. What I do have a problem with is the guy that has fathered like 8 kids, by 7 women, in 6 years, that he has spent all of 5 minutes combined with, showing more attention to strangers than he ever has his own offspring. Just because you hugged a kid or two and smiled the whole time doesn't mean we instantly forgot about the 8 you are responsible for Dwight. Hell, I bet if some of those kids were his he wouldn't even have been able to recognize them. It's simple mathematics. If Dwight hugs 10 children then odds are his sperm created one of them. How long is Howard going to ride the coat tails of his smile before the rest of the world realizes he is a terrible person? If he wanted to rock minion gear he should have just thrown on a shirt that said 'Despicable Me'. At least that would have been oddly ironic.
I don't want to be a wet blanket here, but Dwight Howard showing up for a bunch of underprivileged kids really highlights how much of a publicity stunt some of these events are. Don't get me wrong, it's always cool when athletes help out in the community, but there are times when it has more to do with good publicity than actually being a good guy. I don't think Dwight Howard rolled out of bed that day and said "you know what, I want to spend my day with children!". In fact, if his abilities as a parent are any indication, I don't think Dwight Howard has ever woken up thinking that a single day in his entire life. More than likely it's something his publicist set up to get him on the right side of the media for once. When your name gets dragged through the mud for being an awful father you can't combat that by simply being a mediocre father. Knowing all your kid's names and driving them to school once or twice isn't newsworthy. You have to show up looking like a fucking fictional, animated character. You got to act like a good guy and pander to the cameras. That's what people care about. Not the safety of a bunch of kids essentially growing up fatherless. You're still an asshole in my eyes Dwight, no matter how many times you flash those pearly whites and try to prove otherwise.