Miami Dolphins superstar cornerback Xavien Howard is being sued after a woman has come forward and is saying that the Dolphins’ player knowingly gave her genital herpes — an incurable sexually transmitted disease.
Per the Miami Herald: “The woman filed the lawsuit anonymously Thursday in Broward County Circuit Court, and is seeking damages in excess of $30,000. She’s also demanding the suit be heard in front of a jury, according to court documents.”
The Herald also reports; “The pair first met in early 2018 at a Quest Diagnostics laboratory, where Howard asked her on a date, the lawsuit read. At the beginning of their relationship, he told her that he had no STDs, even showing his negative test results. In 2019, Howard learned he had contracted genital herpes but did not tell the woman, according to the suit. Instead, he proceeded to stand by his assertion that he had been tested several times, without contracting any STDs.
“With knowledge of his incurable sexually transmitted disease, and without disclosure, Defendant Howard continued to engage in unprotected sex with Plaintiff without informing her of same,” the lawsuit read. After being tested in 2021, she found she had tested positive for the life-long disease and knew Howard was the only person who “could have transmitted genital herpes” to her, the lawsuit alleges.
According to the Miami Herald report, Howard initially denied having herpes.
“Maaaaan I been told you I was sorry for giving it to you,” he told her, according to the lawsuit. “But what can I do now? The damage is done. You keep bringing it up as if it gon change sumthin. Like yo a** can’t move on.” Following her diagnosis, the woman said Howard made her feel that she had no choice but to have sex with him because she could spread the disease to someone else, the lawsuit read. “Scared, confused, and never wanting to do what Defendant Howard did to her to anyone else, Plaintiff did continue to engage in sexual intercourse with Defendant Howard,” the lawsuit reveals.
In February 2020, criminal charges against Howard from a domestic violence incident were dropped after prosecutors spoke with Howard’s fiancee and her attorney when she said she did not want to prosecute. The police report from the incident said Howard and his fiancée were verbally arguing when he grabbed her and pushed her.
More on this story as it develops.