Dwight Howard doesn’t think that he was all that bad of an influence on his former team, the Atlanta Hawks.

Speaking with the media ahead of Friday’s game against the Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets center took time to respond to reports over the offseason that he was a negative locker room influence in Atlanta.

“I think that’s stupid,” said the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, according to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “Because how could you win an award for being the best teammate in your locker room but then be the most negative guy? That doesn’t make sense. So whoever said that obviously was trying to make a story.