5 of the Most Despicable Acts Done by NBA Players
1. Tristan Thompson Cheats on Khloé Kardashian
Tristan Thompson made a name for himself because of his rebounding and his defense. He was a key factor in helping Cleveland climb out of a 1-3 hole and capture its first-ever championship in 2016. Many people were impressed with Tristan's performance in the Finals, and big things seemed to be in his future.
However, Tristan seems to have regressed because of off the court distractions. He impregnated his girlfriend, Jordan Craig. While she was pregnant, Tristan hooked up with reality star Khloé Kardashian. The pair seemed to be the ideal couple, and Khloé seemed to have found the right man for her.
Alas, a leopard cannot change its spots. Tristan impregnated Khloé and then left her for Lani Blair, an Instagram model, and strip club bartender and bottle service waitress. It appears that Tristan is intent on just leaving baby mamas all over the place.
People aren't happy with Tristan's cheating ways as he was booed in an April 11 home game versus the New York Knicks. He has also received tremendous backlash on social media. Instead of being instant energy, Tristan has become a distraction for the team.
What is maybe the worst part of this entire scandal is that Tristan does not seem to be repentant on his actions. He has reasoned out that he cheated due to the "unspoken rule in the NBA that players hook up with groupies on the road." This put him in hot water with players and ex-players alike.
Only time will tell as to what new lows Tristan will sink to in the future.
2. Karl Malone Disowns His Son
Karl Malone seems to be the model citizen in Utah. He is a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer and part of the original Dream Team. He also is a pillar of the community and contributes to a lot of charitable causes.
At first glance, the Malone family is the picture-perfect family. He is happily married to Kay Kinsey for almost three decades and has four children—Kadee, Kylee, Karlee, and Karl Jr. Karl's children have inherited their father's good genes and are athletes for their school. Karl himself is a man's man who spends his time hunting and fishing.
Little do most people know about Karl's dark secret. He has a child that he spawned by impregnating a thirteen-year-old girl. His name is Demetress Bell. Karl was lucky; Chris Hansen was not around yet to catch this "predator." Imagine a 20-year-old Karl Malone going after a 13-year-old Gloria Bell. Chris would sure have had a field day grilling Malone on what he was doing with a 13-year-old girl that is just barely into puberty. It would have been Hansen versus Mailman.
Sure, Karl was young, and young people make mistakes. The infuriating part about this situation is Karl was making good money in the NBA and refused to fulfill his obligations towards his son. Bell's grandparents were asking for a mere $200 per week. This was nothing but a steakhouse dinner for the Mailman, but he refused to pay. When Karl lost a paternity suit, he was ordered to pay $125 per week. Karl thought it was too much and fought tooth and nail in court not to give the child support payment. Eventually, he settled out of court.
Karl was basically an absentee father to Demetress and was no different than a sperm donor. He did not attend Demetress' games, extend any financial support, or even mentor the young man when it came to sports.
Bell had not even known who his father was during the first decade of his life. When he finally knew that it was Karl Malone, he talked to Karl when he was 18. Sadly, Karl said it was too late to have a father-son relationship, and he would have to make it on his own.
Karl eventually became a father to Cheryl and Daryl Ford, so why is he singling Demetress out?
Fortunately for Demetress, his efforts and sacrifices paid off, and he was drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills. He also played with the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys before being released in 2013.
3. Ron Artest Instigates the Malice at the Palace Incident
With the Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls era over, this left the field wide open for new contenders to the NBA championship. The Indiana Pacers were among those teams vying for an NBA crown. The Pacers were able to assemble a deep and talented roster to surround the legendary Reggie Miller. They had the likes of Dale Davis, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O' Neil, Ron Artest and Jamaal Tinsley.
Reggie Miller, at this time, was getting long in the tooth and was getting ready to retire, so the Pacers' championship window was brief. A championship would have been the ultimate sendoff to Reggie Miller as he had spent nearly two decades with the Pacers organization.
Alas, this was not meant to be. On November 19, 2004, there would be a multi-player brawl that came to be known as the Malice in the Palace. There was already a rivalry between the two teams as they were two of the top teams in the East, and the Pistons had vanquished the Pacers en route to their first championship since the "Bad Boys" era.
The Pacers dominated the game and were leading 97-82 when Ron Artest fouled Ben Wallace on the back of the head when the latter attempted a layup. Wallace retaliated and shoved Artest in the face with both hands. Team members from both benches tried to mediate and prevent the situation from escalating.
Artest lay down on the table and tried to keep away from the situation to prevent an incident. Ben Wallace threw a towel at Artest and was trying to goad him to fight. Teammates again intervened and held Ron at bay. A fan, John Green, threw a cup of Diet Coke at Ron, and this unleashed the beast.
Fortunately for John, Ron grabbed Michael Ryan Instead of him because Ron thought it was Michael who threw the beverage at him. Stephen Jackson was another hothead, and he followed Ron to the stands. He punched William Paulson for throwing another drink at Artest. The fight escalated, and soon things got out of hand. Players were hitting players, and players were hitting fans.
Sure the fans could try to fight back against the players but seriously. How can a 150-pound guy possibly stand toe to toe with 250 pound Ron Artest? They aren't even in the same weight class. It is essentially a skinny cruiserweight versus a professionally trained heavyweight.
The fans can pelt garbage at the players all they want. There is no way they can stand up to professionally trained athletes who are bigger, faster, and stronger than they are.
The incident led to multiple player suspensions on both teams and derailed what could have been the Pacers' championship season.
4. Tony Parker Cheats on Eva Longoria
Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and NBA superstar Tony Parker seemed like a match made in heaven. The gorgeous Latina was quickly swept off her feet by the charming Frenchman. The two were engaged two years after they met and were wed in both civil and Catholic ceremonies less than a year after the engagement.
The two seemed like a fairytale Hollywood couple until Eva discovered that Tony has been sending hundreds of texts to another woman. That woman turned out to be Erin Barry, who at that time was married to former teammate Brent Barry.
It is one thing to cheat on your wife with another woman. It is another to cheat on your wife with another woman who happens to be your former teammate's current wife.
Parker claims nothing physical ever happened between him and Erin. It was just sexting and two friends leaning on each other for support.
Eva would not have any of Tony's cheating ways and divorced Tony after only three years of marriage.
5. Jason Kidd Engages in Domestic Violence
Jason Kidd is known as one of the greatest point guards of all time. He is second all time in terms of total assists with 12,091. His total is only exceeded by fellow legend John Stockton.
Right off the gate, Kidd was special. He was the 1993 Co-Rookie of the Year with Grant Hill and was part of Dallas' future along with Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn. The three never got along and were eventually shipped to different teams.
Among the three, it would be Jason who would be the most successful. He has made it to three Finals appearances and one NBA Championship.
However, this does not discount the fact that Kidd is an adulterer and wife beater. His wife, Joumana, had to endure years of infidelity and physical abuse. Kidd has been a regular at the police precinct with arrests for domestic violence and drunk driving.
Joumana had enough of Jason's erratic behavior, and the couple has since separated.
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Questions & Answers
How did Ron Artest instigate the malice at The Palace?
With 45.9 seconds left in the game, Pistons center Ben Wallace went up for a layup but was fouled by Pacers small forward Ron Artest. Furious at being fouled when the game had already been decided, Wallace pushed Artest, and a fight broke out on the court between several players. After the fight was broken up, a fan threw a drink from the stands at Artest while he was lying on the scorer's table. Artest immediately charged after the fan but ended up attacking the wrong fan. This led to a massive brawl between players and spectators that stretched from the seats down to the court and lasted several minutes.Helpful 4
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