The eight-time NBA All-Star took to Instagram Live to celebrate with his 2.9 million followers shortly after the Lakers beat the Miami Heat 106-93 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night to earn the franchise’s 17th championship.
Howard was seen jumping up and down in the team locker room when he accidentally opened up a private text conversation that appeared to be between him and a contact named “My Heartbeat.”
“So tell me,” the person in the conversation says.
Howard’s response is covered by the Live video but the woman in the text responds “Ahhh must be true.”
The Lakers’ center replies, “You coming at me about something and I don’t even know.”
“Turn up tonight have fun,” she says to which Howard replies “What friends” before quickly ending the Live.
It’s not immediately known who the conversation was between, but Howard has been engaged to Te’a Cooper of the Los Angeles Sparks since 2019.
Neither Cooper nor Howard have publicly addressed the situation but the 23-year-old former Baylor Lady Bears member posted several images to Instagram celebrating her fiancé’s win.