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Seattle Storm forward Natasha Howard’s wife posts allegations of domestic abuse on Twitter

Published on July 13, 2019

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Allegations of domestic abuse committed by Seattle Storm forward Natasha Howard surfaced this weekend when her wife of nearly two and a half years, Jacqueline Howard, posted updates that documented instances of violence in the relationship on Twitter. The updates include videos, photos and screenshots of text messages that recounted instances of violence in the relationship.

In the videos, Jacqueline and Natasha argue over instances of stabbing, damage to furniture that happened during fights. In addition, Jacqueline shows bruises that she says are evidence of domestic abuse. She filmed the videos in Russia where Natasha played in the WNBA offseason for Dynamo Kursk.

Jacqueline writes on Twitter:

“Most victims don’t even know they’re victims until it’s near the end. The physical part is almost, ALWAYS the last step. I was I isolated, manipulated, mentally, spiritually, and verbally.”

It is unclear as to whether Jacqueline has been in contact with Seattle law enforcement or an attorney.

Seattle Storm co-owner Lisa Brummel and CEO/general manager Alisha Valavanis released the following statement about the allegations:

“The organization is aware of the recent allegations against Natasha. We are in communication with the league and looking into them.”

Natasha leads the Storm in scoring at 17.6 points per game, putting her at ninth in the league. She is also fourth overall in rebounds at 8.5 game. She received enough votes to be selected as a starter in the WNBA All-Star Game later this month in Las Vegas.

The WNBA is already under fire for lack of punishment for a player involved in another alleged instance of domestic violence. Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams was arrested for aggravated assault with a firearm and burglary in a case involving her ex-girlfriend back in late April for an incident that occurred in December 2018. She faces two felony charges in Palm Beach County, Florida. Her next court date is set for August 16.

The following is a Twitter stream from Jacqueline.

Warning: Please be aware that some of the following content is disturbing. In the U.S., if you are the victim of domestic violence, you can receive free and confidential counseling by calling 1-800-799-SAFE.

This post is part of the thread: 2019 WNBA Season – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.


 

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Readers Comments (2)

  1. Pam says:

    Women account for nearly 50 percent of all abusers but only server less than 10 percent of the prison time.

  2. Mathew Mcadam says:

    NFL, MLB Would have suspended player immediately. Obviously female violence on other females is different in their leagues and accountability is held at a different standard.

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