Houston Rockets’ star center Dwight Howard was detained at George Bush Airport of Houston for carrying a handgun in his bag.
Kese Smith, the Houston Police Department Spokesperson, said on Wednesday that Howard was stopped after the Transportation Security personals discovered a pistol in the bottom end of his bag at Terminal E at 7 a.m.
Howard admitted to the officials that the gun belonged to him and was later allowed to hand it over to an associate, following detention by the law enforcement officials.
The eight-time NBA All-star center was later allowed to board a flight. The Houston Attorney’s district office declined to press charges against Howard.
The star couldn’t be reached, but the Houston Rockets management issued a statement saying that they are completely aware of the incident and are gathering more information about it.
“This isn’t unusual,” said Smith, further saying that guns and pistols were found periodically at both of city’s airports, George Bush and William P.Hobby. Around 77 were discovered in the past year, but only few charges and arrests are filed.
A person having a proper license can carry a concealed handgun in Texas. A new law passed in the state allows a person with a concealed gun license to carry a handgun openly. However, Howard could face disciplinary actions from the Houston Rockets or the NBA.