On Saturday afternoon, the former Laker and current Houston Rocket sent out this short tweet: "#FreePalestine."
About 15 minutes later he deleted the message (although screenshots of it remain) and sent out a pair of new tweets in an attempt to backtrack. The first of those tweets said, "Previous tweet was a mistake. I have never commented on international politics and never will."
His next tweet said, "I apologize if I offended anyone with my previous tweet, it was a mistake!"
It's unclear whether Howard, who has an Israeli teammate in Rockets forward Omri Casspi, commented too quickly on a situation he didn't fully understand or was expressing his genuine feelings on the matter.
Either way, it doesn't look like he'll be clarifying the matter for us any time soon.