YardBarker- Moses Malone, Jr., son of NBA great Moses Malone, claims he was attacked by James Harden’s entourage outside V Live Houston early Saturday morning.
Malone Jr. posted on Facebook about how Harden’s basketball camp was unaffordable for inner-city kids, and believes Harden sent his entourage to assault him and steal his jewelry, which was valued at approximately $15,000, in response. A Houston Police Department spokeswoman told KTVR-TV (an ABC affiliate) that at least four of the men had guns.
Here's my issue with this allegation. If I know anything bout James Harden it's that he can handle criticism. I suppose that's just the nice way of saying that he doesn't give a fuck what anyone says and he only cares about himself, but the point stands. James Harden does not get rattled to the point of retaliation by personal critiques. I know that because we spent the entirety of the last year hearing some variation of the following assessments ad nauseam....
"James Harden is lazy".
"James Harden doesn't play defense".
"James Harden is a terrible teammate".
"James Harden is a ball hog".
Not only are all of those things exceedingly true, but they are all exponentially more damaging to his brand than an overpriced summer camp for children. If James Harden was collecting jewelry from every source with a following that had something negative to say about him he would be diving into a swimming pool of jesus pieces like Scrooge McDuck. I would think we would have heard about that practice long before he did the most selfless thing he's ever done by charging parents $249 to let their children share the court with him for two days. If any of this were true then Dwight Howard undoubtedly would have gotten jumped months ago. I just have a difficult time believing that "James Harden is a cutthroat business man" was the insult responsible for his decision to have his helping hands delve into the chain snatching game. Sorry Moses, just this just doesn't fit the profile. James Harden is far too apathetic to be considered a suspect for robbery, especially when the only "motive" is a social media post he would have had to go out of his way to get wind of. Might just be time to accept that you got punked by a group of goons that were just looking for valuables and not Facebook fueled revenge.
P.S. $249? Well worth it...