ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46)- The name of one of Atlanta's hottest hometown athletes is burning up social media.

A man claiming to be the ex-lover of basketball star Dwight Howard is pulling him into a tawdry sex scandal.

His sexual orientation is not the story, but rather the validity of the rumor that a social media influencer is trying to spread.

CBS46 reporter Brittany Edney has been digging into the claims.

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