Here’s a tip if you don’t want to get your ass beat: Don’t criticize James Harden on Facebook, at least if you believe a lawsuit filed by Moses Malone Jr., son of NBA Hall of Fame center Moses Malone.
In an amendment to a lawsuit against Houston strip club V Live Houston, Malone alleges that the Houston Rockets star coordinated a brutal beating and robbery of him because the spawn of the NBA legend was critical of Harden’s basketball camp in a June 23 Facebook post. The post pointed out the camp’s $249 price tag, which, according to Malone, made it harder for inner-city kids to participate.
Two days after the post, Malone was beaten and robbed by four men after he tried to enter the club at 2 a.m. Police arrested four men in connection with the assault and charged them with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. One of the men is Darian Blount, a security guard at the club, which has since closed.
According to the amendment, the men were “acting on the orders of Defendant James Harden when he and his associates attacked [Malone]” and Harden “paid Blount approximately $20,000” to execute the beating. The attackers allegedly referred to the Facebook post during the incident. Harden and Malone were regulars at the club.
“All the stories that we’ve heard from all the witnesses were pretty consistent that James Harden was pretty upset about the Facebook post that was posted the night before the attack,” Malone’s attorney, George Farah, told ESPN. “There were text messages between Moses and some of James Harden’s friends. … We have a good trail of evidence that leads to James Harden’s involvement to this.”
Farah indicated he’s in the process of subpoenaing 10 witnesses who can testify to Harden’s role in the violence.
Malone is suing for $1 million.