Moses Malone Jr. is reportedly suing James Harden for allegedly orchestrating a robbery against him outside a strip club in retaliation for blasting his basketball camp. Isiah Carey of Fox 26 in Houston reports:
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.
Below, verbatim, is what I wrote about this story last June.
Moses Malone Jr., the son of NBA Hall-of-Famer Moses Malone, was robbed at gunpoint outside a Houston nightclub on Saturday night. There have been conflicting reports, which state that he either lost $15k or $50k worth of jewelry, but either way it was a harrowing incident.
Per Kaitlin McCulley, a reporter for Houston’s ABC affiliate KTRK, Malone believes that this Facebook post about the high cost of James Harden’s basketball camp led to his getting attacked by the entourage of the Rockets guard.
A rep for the club told KTRK that he didn’t believe Harden was involved:
“I don’t believe Mr. Harden was at the club, and I definitely don’t believe he had anything to do with an attack on Mr. Malone,” Moore said. “And so the club’s position is that Mr. Malone is a regular of the club. We would have done everything we could to make sure he was safe.”
A spokesperson for the Rockets did not respond to KTRK’s requests for comment.
So far, there has been no evidence linking Harden directly to the attack, but he will have to answer questions about his knowledge of the men involved, and the scope of Harden’s relationship with the club will be explored.