• Howard is already in trouble after reviving NBA career
  • Former aides are suing Howard for unpaid wages 
  • The former employees' jobs included taking care of a huge snake

NBA player Dwight Howard is trying to get his basketball career back on track, but it appears he is off to a bad start. Signing a new deal with the Philadelphia 76ers coming off his first NBA title with the Lakers, the many-time Defensive Player of the Year is now being sued by two women for not being paid.

The women, Armica Nabaa and Kamisha Shelman, were hired in December 2018 by the 35-year-old player to provide personal management services, according to TMZ.

It appeared the two women felt they could handle the work, but their duties and responsibilities allegedly changed over time. Rather than handle his business and administrative tasks, both found themselves getting more responsibilities. That included caring for a 200-pound constrictor. To get an idea check out the video below showing the 2004 NBA top pick’s snake collection below.

The two women were fired last January 2020 without notice, and were still owed big money. Howard has yet to respond to queries on the issue.

Further, Nabaa alleges that they helped the eight-time NBA All-Star revive his career. It was their network that helped Howard get his career back on track. That included his unexpected return to the Los Angeles Lakers that gave him his first NBA title recently.

Nabaa added that Howard was fully aware of this and even credited them on national television. Both are now seeking at least $50,000 in unpaid wages plus other fees and damages.

Howard is no stranger to negative publicity after seemingly managing it well while he was with the Lakers. This comes out not long after the 6-foot-11 center appeared humbled by his new lease on life at Los Angeles.

Facing uncertainty before the 2019-20 season, Howard revealed how he wanted to change the way people looked at him per USA Today's Sixers Wire.

“Before the season started with the Lakers last year, I just promised myself that whatever I had to do for the team, I’ll be willing to do and I know that there’s always been a perception about who people think I am and my character on and off the floor,” Howard said. “I just wanted to change that perception and allow my true authentic self to flow and show every single day.”

Now, it remains to be seen whether these issues will hound him in the 2020-21 season. Compared to his stint with the Lakers last season, it may not be smooth sailing for the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year in Philly.

Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers Getty Images | Sam Greenwood