DATE: 9/16/2008
ACT: Says he refuses to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" because he's black.
COMPLEX SAYS: During a charity flag football game hosted by Allen Iverson in the summer of 2008, Howard's comments were captured on cell phone camera and made public two months later. About a week afterward, Howard apologized for his comments saying "It was me joking around. Guys were out there making fun and I decided to get along in it. I wasn't using my head. I guess the valuable lesson I did learn is that words really do hurt. You're held accountable for what you say." The next season Howard was traded from the title-contending Mavericks to the Washington Wizards. No real chance at a title, but maybe dude will get to work on his patriotism while in D.C.