Jacqueline Howard, Natasha Howard’s spouse, has made accusations of home violence towards 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 trying into Jacqueline’s allegations.
“The group is conscious of the latest allegations towards Natasha,” Seattle Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel and CEO and GM Alisha Valavanis mentioned 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 strategy of gathering further data,” a WNBA spokesperson mentioned in an announcement.
Right here’s what you might want to know:
1. Jacqueline and Natasha Received Married in 2017
Jacqueline mentioned 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 photos 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 individuals. Jacqueline mentioned she needed to take to Twitter as a result of after conversations with all of these individuals nothing modified.
In a single dialog between Jacqueline and Natasha, Natasha mentioned that if she hurts or kills herself it’s Jacqueline’s fault.
“Additionally, if I wished Tasha arrested, I clearly might 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 attempting to guard her and her picture as a substitute of realizing she’s been carrying a masks in entrance of cameras is so sickening.”
2. Jacqueline’s Brother Died From Suicide
In a tweet, Jacqueline mentioned her brother dedicated suicide. In one other tweet, Jacqueline mentioned 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 benefit from your vulnerability and search out the darkest corners of your life expertise to make use of them towards you,” Rebecca Fern replied.
Jacqueline additionally shared screenshots from a dialog she had together with her personal mom. Jacqueline’s mother mentioned that the 2 discovered one another regardless of “the bullshit” they skilled throughout their childhoods. Tasha nonetheless has to treatment the harm of that little woman, she mentioned.
“You understand what will get to me probably the most?? I instructed her all that I’ve been by means of, 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 easy and rapidly as doable.”
In response to a number of follow-up tweets, two of Natasha’s teammates, Shavonte Zellous and Mercedes Russell, had been there. Jacqueline mentioned that Zellous threatened to beat her up “as a result of she uncovered Natasha.” Three law enforcement officials on the scene are mentioned to have footage of the interplay on physique digicam footage.
Whereas her teammates had been making issues tough, Jacqueline mentioned 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 Sport & Jacqueline Stated it Made Her Sick
Within the midst of Jacqueline’s allegations, Natasha was within the lineup for the workforce’s sport towards New York Liberty at Alaska Airways Area in Seattle on Sunday, July 14. Upon listening to that Natasha could be enjoying, Jacqueline mentioned she misplaced her urge for food.
Seattle Storm took the win with a rating of 78-69. Natasha might be seen carrying the quantity six in a video clip shared by the workforce.
“Can I simply say I discovered Tasha was enjoying 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 mentioned in a tweet.
In one other tweet, Jacqueline mentioned she thinks it is extremely hypocritical of the WNBA to advertise ladies and their wellbeing whereas permitting Tasha to proceed to play, having made no effort to speak with the sufferer.
“The WNBA tends to brush sure issues below the rug and I hope this isn’t one in every of them,” she wrote.
5. Folks Are Exhibiting Jacqueline Help on Social Media
One Twitter consumer mentioned Jacqueline is “too high-quality” to be going by means of one thing like this.
“Glad you’re secure Jackie, you probably did the suitable 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 means of.”
One other consumer mentioned that if Natasha really beloved Jacqueline, she would by no means have handled that means.
Mikala Kieling instantly referred to as out the WNBA and Seattle Storm, demand they fireplace Natasha as a result of abuse is just not okay.