Moses Malone Jr. Thinks James Harden Orchestrated An Attack On Him Because Malone Called Him “Hollywood Harden”

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Moses Malone Jr., son of the NBA legend, thinks James Harden ordered his beating outside a strip club over a Facebook post critical of the Houston Rockets star’s basketball camp, according to reports.

And, yes, everything in that sentence is what Moses Malone Jr. reportedly believes.

For clarity’s sake, let’s circle back to last month, when Malone Jr. questioned on Facebook the fee for Harden’s youth basketball camp in Houston, calling the four-time NBA All-Star “Hollywood Harden.”

Then, on June 25, a group of 15 men approached him outside the strip club around 2:30 a.m., saying he disrespected Harden in the Facebook post, and subsequently beat him in retaliation, Malone Jr. told police, according to court documents uncovered by KPRC2-TV. Malone Jr.’s lawyer told KTRK-TV the club’s security was “complicit in the attack” that allegedly resulted in an estimated $15,000 worth of jewelry stolen from his client. Malone Jr. reportedly believes Harden orchestrated the incident.

On Wednesday, four men — Darian Blount, Kavon Boutte, Oscar Wattell and Deavion Lewis — were charged in association with the aggravated robbery of Malone Jr. with a deadly weapon, per KPRC2-TV.

However, “Harden has not been charged or accused of wrongdoing in the case,”according to ESPN. Likewise, the strip club’s spokesman (the strip club’s spokesman, I just wrote), who denied any complicit behavior by security, vouched for Harden in a statement to Houston’s ABC affiliate.

Huge allegation here if true. To think that a star athlete would be petty enough to sic a bunch of robbers on a dude just because he tarnished his name? That doesn’t sound like a rich and powerful famous person to me. I would expect James Harden to go with a more direct approach. Maybe call Moses up on his landline and ask why he was so upset about the high price of his basketball camp. Was it because Malone Jr. never lived up to his dad’s name on the court? Is he just bitter that Harden’s a superstar so he needed a little vent sesh? If handled as a mature conversation, I’m sure James would’ve either lowered his camp price or sent Malone an autographed basketball. Which is really all Moses wanted, I think.

This situation brings up a more universal point though. How do you handle confrontations with friends? You can go the Harden route and get straight to violence. Cutting out the middle man is a great tool in business, so wouldn’t cutting out chit-chat and compromising be a useful tool in confrontation? Yes, that is a good point. But there’s other strategies that work, as well.

You could pretend like nothing happened, ask a third party to rule, or even go with a compromise. The strongest of the three is probably pretending like nothing happened, though, because you don’t have to deal with it till later. It’s like an NBA GM trading all his future assets to win now. Ignorance is bliss, and the fans will have no idea how bad things are gonna blow up.

But just like the Draymond Green situation, I wouldn’t be surprised if Moses Malone Jr. comes out with a public apology tomorrow. Perhaps he instigated the confrontation with the 15 men who approached him outside a strip club at 2:30 A.M. He’ll also add that James Harden couldn’t possibly have had anything to do with the ambush because he usually attacks in isolation. There’s just no chance Harden could concoct a sneak attack without all of Houston anticipating his first move.

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