Jacqueline Howard, Natasha Howard’s spouse, has made accusations of home violence in opposition to the WNBA star in a sequence of tweets on July 13, 2019.
Howard is a ahead for the Seattle Storm and is at present averaging 17.6 factors and eight.5 rebounds per sport. Each the Seattle Storm and the WNBA are wanting into Jacqueline’s allegations.
“The group is conscious of the current allegations in opposition to Natasha,” Seattle Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel and CEO and GM Alisha Valavanis stated in a joint assertion. “We’re in communication with the league and searching into them.”
“We’re conscious of the state of affairs involving Natasha Howard and are within the technique of gathering extra info,” a WNBA spokesperson stated in a press release.
Right here’s what it’s essential to know:
1. Jacqueline and Natasha Obtained Married in 2017
Jacqueline stated that the abuse didn’t “get unhealthy” till after the 2 had been married in 2017. She aligned with the saying “it begins with a push or shove.”
Jacqueline despatched dozens of tweets detailing the abuse. She shared footage of cuts, bruises, and scrapes on her physique. She shared movies and disturbing textual content conversations between her and Natasha. She additionally shared screenshots of conversations with Natasha, Natasha’s mom, Natasha’s agent, amongst different folks. Jacqueline stated she needed to take to Twitter as a result of after conversations with all of these folks nothing modified.
In a single dialog between Jacqueline and Natasha, Natasha stated that if she hurts or kills herself it’s Jacqueline’s fault.
“Additionally, if I needed Tasha arrested, I clearly may have that occur,” she wrote. “That’s NOT what I need. I need her to get HELP, actual assist. The truth that everyone seems to be making an attempt to guard her and her picture as an alternative of realizing she’s been sporting a masks in entrance of cameras is so sickening.”
2. Jacqueline’s Brother Died From Suicide
In a tweet, Jacqueline stated her brother dedicated suicide. In one other tweet, Jacqueline stated that Natasha threatens to hurt herself as a result of she is aware of it makes her weak.
“Rattling. the degrees of psychological/bodily/emotional/non secular abuse in all of this…and that’s the factor about abusers, they reap the benefits of your vulnerability and search out the darkest corners of your life expertise to make use of them in opposition to you,” Rebecca Fern replied.
Jacqueline additionally shared screenshots from a dialog she had along with her personal mom. Jacqueline’s mother stated that the 2 discovered one another regardless of “the bullshit” they skilled throughout their childhoods. Tasha nonetheless has to remedy the harm of that little lady, she stated.
“You understand what will get to me probably the most?? I advised her all that I’ve been by, only for her to do me even worse,” Jacqueline wrote.
3. Jacqueline Has Moved Out of the Place She Shared with Natasha
“Simply so it’s clear, I’m going to get my issues from our place,” Jacqueline tweeted.
Natasha and her mother is there. All I’m asking for is prayers this goes as clean and shortly as doable.”
Based on a number of follow-up tweets, two of Natasha’s teammates, Shavonte Zellous and Mercedes Russell, had been there. Jacqueline stated that Zellous threatened to beat her up “as a result of she uncovered Natasha.” Three law enforcement officials on the scene are stated to have footage of the interplay on physique digital camera footage.
Whereas her teammates had been making issues tough, Jacqueline stated that Natasha’s mom was very useful. When Natasha tried telling the police that Jacqueline was inflicting issues, her mom set the file straight.
4. Natasha Performed In Sunday’s Recreation & Jacqueline Mentioned it Made Her Sick
Within the midst of Jacqueline’s allegations, Natasha was within the lineup for the staff’s sport in opposition to New York Liberty at Alaska Airways Area in Seattle on Sunday, July 14. Upon listening to that Natasha could be taking part in, Jacqueline stated she misplaced her urge for food.
Seattle Storm took the win with a rating of 78-69. Natasha could be seen sporting the quantity six in a video clip shared by the staff.
“Can I simply say I discovered Tasha was taking part in whereas out to eat and my urge for food is ruined- NOT simply because the league is stating there’s an “investigation” however has YET to reply or attain out to me,” Jacqueline stated in a tweet.
In one other tweet, Jacqueline stated she thinks it is extremely hypocritical of the WNBA to advertise girls and their wellbeing whereas permitting Tasha to proceed to play, having made no effort to speak with the sufferer.
“The WNBA tends to comb sure issues underneath the rug and I hope this isn’t one in every of them,” she wrote.
5. Individuals Are Exhibiting Jacqueline Assist on Social Media
One Twitter consumer stated Jacqueline is “too fantastic” to be going by one thing like this.
“Glad you’re protected Jackie, you probably did the correct factor by exposing the reality,” one other consumer wrote. “This can be a nightmare for the WNBA nevertheless it’s far worse what you’ve been by.”
One other consumer stated that if Natasha really cherished Jacqueline, she would by no means have handled that approach.
Mikala Kieling straight referred to as out the WNBA and Seattle Storm, demand they fireplace Natasha as a result of abuse isn’t okay.