Houston Rockets star player James Harden is facing trouble off the court after recently losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA playoffs.
In the lawsuit, Malone accused Harden of paying the suspects $20,000 (nearly P1 million) to beat him up and rob him at the V-Live strip club in June 2016.
Malone believes Harden felt “disrespected” after he openly criticized Harden for charging children $249 (roughly P12,400) to attend his basketball camps.
Kaitlin McCulley, of ABC-13, tweeted a screen grab of that Facebook post:
— Kaitlin McCulley (@KaitlinMcCulley) June 28, 2016
Isiah Carey of Fox 26 broke news of the lawsuit against Harden on Instagram:
Breaking: Fox 26 news has learned Houston Rockets' star player James Harden has been sued and accused of orchestrating a plan to assault and rob the son of an NBA legend… That suit was filed by Moses Malone Jr. It alleges Harden paid a group of people $20,000 in cash to attack and rob Malone at V-Live strip club last year. The lawsuit says Harden was angry because Malone wrote a Facebook post criticizing the star player for charging children for his basketball camp. Several people connected to the assault have already been charged criminally. More tonight at 10 pm on #IsiahFactorUncensored Rusty Hardin is James Harden's attorney and he sent me this statement: I am in Boston for depositions so I haven't seen the petition but I have previously discussed Mose's allegations with James and others, and I am totally comfortable that the allegations are untrue. Unfortunately, I am afraid this is just another example of people shopping for a deep pocket when they find that the people actually responsible have no money.
Harden, through his legal counsel Rusty Hardin, has already denied the allegations.
“Unfortunately, I am afraid this is just another example of people shopping for a deep pocket when they find that the people actually responsible have no money,” Hardin said.
However, this is not the first time that Harden has faced legal trouble outside the court.
In 2013, Harden reportedly went for a settlement with a Los Angeles Lakers fan, whom he allegedly punched after the latter shouted at him,saying that Kobe Bryant “owns your a**.”