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James Harden: Just the facts on the Moses Malone, Jr. lawsuit

May 7, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) sits on the sideline before game four of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) sits on the sideline before game four of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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It’s been in the news as of late that James Harden has been added to a lawsuit filed by the son of Moses Malone. Here’s everything you need to know.

It’s been less than a week since the season ended for James Harden and the Houston Rockets and there’s already tabloid material coming to the surface. The Beard is being sued by the son of the late Moses Malone for his supposed involvement in a beating and robbery of up to $50,000 in jewelry last summer.

There are a lot of rumors going around about the case, so here’s an easy summary of what’s going on.

James Harden has not been charged with any crime

Moses Malone, Jr. insists that Harden paid his assailants $20,000 in cash to beat and rob him after he criticized Harden on Facebook for charging $249 for his basketball camp. Harden was summoned to court last year on the issue, but all legal charges were eventually dropped. The lawsuit now is a civil one with Moses Malone, Jr. seeking money rather than criminal charges.

This is not a new lawsuit

Malone, Jr. originally filed the civil lawsuit in September of 2016, demanding $1 million from V Live Houston, the club where this all took place. One of the assailants who’s been charged with crime in the beating and robbery was a bouncer at the club. Malone, Jr. only added Harden to the case on Monday.

Harden is obviously still denying any involvement

Rusty Hardin, James Harden’s attourney, gave the following statement to Fox News:

"…I have previously discussed Moses’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."

As of May 17, 2017, any further information is based on assumption

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Nothing has been proven other than what I’ve stated here. Malone, Jr. was beaten and robbed, and several people have been charged for their crimes. James Harden was dragged into this but was not criminally charged and will likely not owe Malone, Jr. anything.

I do not know if Harden was sneakily involved in this unfortunate crime, but I’m certainly tempted to give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s just a person, though, and has his flaws. Stay tuned to Space City Scoop for any further information as it becomes available.

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It worries me that there is already bad news surrounding Houston’s superstar this summer–I sincerely hope James Harden can focus on basketball over the offseason. He doesn’t need another three months of jumping around on tabloid covers. The Rockets need him to be ready for 2017-2018.

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