Dwight Howard is fighting back against the lawsuit brought by the mother of his late baby mama Melissa Rios.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, the Los Angeles Lakers star is demanding the court shut down the suit brought by Edelmira Vega Rios.
Edelmira brought the case a couple of months after her daughter Melissa tragically passed away.
Dwight’s ex died unexpectedly after suffering from an epileptic seizure. The two were never married. The case, which was filed in July 2020, demands the court grant a visitation order for Rios to see her grandson, David.
In court, Edelmira claimed David had lived with her since Melissa passed. She told the court it would be in the best interest of the minor if she had a visitation schedule put in place.
The grandmother said she was close with David and had been a “caretaker of David since birth.” She pleaded with the court to award her visitation with David including during “the academic school year.”
The case has dragged on for over a year but Dwight has finally responded to the case. In his response, the NBA star David is currently living with him in Georgia. He denies Melissa’s mother “has been a caretaker of the minor child since birth.”
Prior to his ex-girlfriend’s death, Dwight says they shared joint custody of David and were the primary caretakers. He says he objects to granting visitation of David to his grandmother as it is proposed.
His lawyers also deny Dwight has kept the kid from Edelmira since Melissa’s passed. The Lakers star says Edelmira never argued that he wasn’t a fit parent in her petition. He is demanding the entire case be thrown out of court.
Dwight says he has no problem allowing Edelmira to see David but doesn’t believe a court order should be granted.
Following Melissa’s passing, Dwight got emotional while talking about his ex saying, “I’ve had some things happen in my personal life that has been difficult to really handle. My son’s mom, she had passed away a month and a half ago and it’s extremely difficult for me to try to understand how to talk to my son, who’s 6 years old, just about the whole situation.”