Dwight Howard has somehow managed to find himself in the middle of a controversy surrounding the ongoing troubles between Israel and Palestine.
The Houston Rockets center took to Twitter to give his take on the crisis, tweeting out #FreePalestine after a brief exchange with another user who highlighted the Palestinian death count to the 28-year old big man.
After receiving backlash from Pro-Israeli supporters, the eight-time NBA All-Star quickly deleted his tweet and apologised for having an opinion on something that disagreed with one section of people.
Well apparently that wasn't enough for The Zionist Organization of America, who want to see Howard receive more of a castigation for his temerity to tweet.
"He should be publicly condemned as strong as Donald Sterling was," ZOA President Morton Klein said according to TMZ Sports.
"Anyone who uses the phrase 'Free Palestine' is either ignorant of the situation or hates the Jewish state of Israel. It's a hateful position. Celebs have great influence. When he makes a ridiculously false statement like 'Free Palestine,' it's frightening," Klein added.
Howard may well have come in for some stick from one of his own Rocket's teammates. Omri Casspi is Israeli and he sent out a tweet of his own after Howard did so. "600 missiles been fired from GAZA by Hamas in the last 4 days. NUMBERS DONT LIE. STOP LYING." Casspi sent out to his near 50,000 followers.
Casspi has now actually joined the New Orleans Pelicans as part of the Omer Asik trade, so there shouldn't be any clashes at the Toyota Center next season.
Sport stars getting involved in inflammatory international politics never goes smoothly, and i think the Rockets PR are going to be having a word in Howard's ear pretty quickly.
Over 150 Palestinians are reported to have been killed so far in the conflict, with no Israeli casualties recorded.
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