It’s been a tough stretch for James Harden. Shortly after being eliminated from the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs, he received some distressing news from his legal team. Moses Malone Jr. claims that Harden paid to have him assaulted and robbed while at the V-Live Strip Club in Houston. The attack happened last year, and according to Malone Jr. was the result of some Facebook comments he made about the Rockets star.
According to Malone Jr., Harden was upset that he commented on the fact that he was charging kids to attend his basketball camp. Fox 26 Houston reported the impending lawsuit earlier, and received a statement from Harden’s attorney.
” 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.”
Malone Jr. says that Harden paid several of his “goons” to beat him up and rob $15,000 worth of jewelry from him. After posting the Facebook comments, he says he began receiving threatening text messages.
“Mr. Malone did receive some texts from close friends of Mr. Harden stating, ‘Why did you do that?’”
I suppose “threatening” is a relative term. Whether or not Harden masterminded the plan to beat up Moses Malone’s son will be known soon enough, but for the time being, it seems hard to believe. If the charges turn out to be true, it will mean the beginning of long running legal problems for Harden. If they’re not, Malone Jr. will once again fade into obscurity.