The NBA is one of the biggest sports leagues in the world, and I have been a fan for nearly three decades.
1. Tristan Thompson Cheats on Khloé Kardashian
Tristan Thompson has 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 to capture their first-ever NBA championship in 2016. Many people were impressed with Thompson's performance in the Finals; it seemed like big things were in his future.
However, his career seems to have waned due to distractions off of the court. While his girlfriend, Jordan Craig, was pregnant, Thompson hooked up with reality star Khloé Kardashian. The pair seemed like the perfect couple, and Kardashian seemed to have found the right man for her.
However, a leopard cannot change its spots. Thompson cheated on Khloé while she was pregnant with their daughter; he left her for Lani Blair, an Instagram model and strip club bartender. It appears that Thompson is intent on just leaving baby mamas all over the place.
People weren't happy with Thompson's cheating ways as he was booed in a 2018 home game versus the New York Knicks. He also received tremendous backlash on social media. Instead of being a vital part of the Cavaliers, he had become a distraction for the team.
The worst part of this entire scandal is that Thompson does not seem to be repentant for 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 Thompson will sink to in the future.
2. Karl Malone Disowns His Son
Karl Malone seems like a model citizen. He is a first-ballot Hall of Famer and a member of the original Dream Team. He also is a pillar of the community as he contributes to a lot of charitable causes.
At first glance, the Malone family seems like a picture-perfect family. Malone has been happily married to Kay Kinsey for almost three decades. They have four children together: Kadee, Kylee, Karlee, and Karl Jr. The children have inherited their father's good genes as they are all school athletes. Malone himself is a man's man who spends his time hunting and fishing.
However, most people don't know about Malone's dark secret. Prior to his marriage, he had three other children with two different women. Gloria Bell was one of these women. She was only 13 years old when she gave birth to Demetress Bell; Malone was a 20-year-old college sophomore at the time. Malone was lucky that Chris Hansen was not around yet to catch this "predator." Hansen would have had a field day grilling Malone on what he was doing with a 13-year-old girl that was just barely into puberty. It would have been Hansen versus the Mailman.
The infuriating part about this situation was that Malone refused to fulfill his obligations towards his son despite the fact that he was making good money in the NBA. 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 Malone lost a paternity suit, he was ordered to pay $125 per week. He thought it was too much and he fought tooth and nail in court so that he would not have to pay child support. Eventually, he settled out of court.
Malone was completely absent from his son's life. He did not attend any of his son's games, extend any financial support, or even mentor the young man when it came to sports.
Bell did not even know who his father was until he graduated high school. After discovering Malone was his father, Bell attempted to reach out to him. Sadly, Malone said it was too late to have a father-son relationship, and he would have to make it on his own.
Malone eventually became a father to his other children, Cheryl and Daryl Ford, so why did he single Bell out?
Fortunately for Bell, his efforts and sacrifices paid off. He was drafted in the seventh 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.
As of 2018, Bell has reported that he has mended his relationship with his father. Malone has admitted that he was wrong in how he treated his older children.
3. Ron Artest Instigates the Malice at the Palace Incident
The end of the Michael Jordan era and the Chicago Bulls dynasty left the field wide open for new contenders for 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'Neal, Ron Artest, and Jamaal Tinsley.
By this time, Miller was now past his prime and getting ready to retire, so the Pacers' championship window was brief. A championship would have been the ultimate sendoff for 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 bench-clearing brawl with the Detroit Pistons that came to be known as the Malice in the Palace.
The Pacers dominated the game and were leading 97-82 when Artest fouled Ben Wallace on the back of his 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 the two players and prevent the situation from escalating.
Artest laid down on a courtside table and tried to keep away from the situation to prevent an incident. Wallace threw a towel at Artest to try to goad him into fight. Teammates intervened again as they held Artest at bay. A fan, John Green, threw a cup of Diet Coke at Artest. This caused the situation to explode.
Fortunately for Green, Ron grabbed a fan named Michael Ryan, mistakenly believing that he was the one who threw the beverage at him. Teammate Stephen Jackson, who was also known as a hothead, followed Artest to the stands. He punched another fan, William Paulson, for throwing another drink at Artest. The fight escalated and things soon got out of hand. Players were hitting players as well as fans.
Sure, the fans could try to fight back against the players, but how can a 150-pound guy possibly stand a chance against the 250-pound Artest? That matchup is like having a rookie cruiserweight fight a world-class heavyweight. The fans could have thrown all the garbage they wanted. There was no way they could stand up to professional athletes who were bigger, faster, and stronger than them.
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 became engaged two years after they met and they were wed in both civil and Catholic ceremonies less than a year after the engagement.
The two seemed like a flawless Hollywood couple until Longoria discovered that Parker had been sending hundreds of texts to another woman. That woman turned out to be Erin Barry, who at that time was married to Parker's 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 wife.
Parker claims nothing physical ever happened between him and Erin. It was just sexting and two friends leaning on each other for support.
Longoria would not have any of Parker's cheating ways; the couple divorced 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 has the second all-time record for total assists with 12,091. His total is only exceeded by fellow legend John Stockton.
At the start of his career, 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 Kidd who would be the most successful. He has three Finals appearances and one NBA championship.
However, this does not discount the fact that Kidd is an adulterer and abuser. 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 eventually had enough of Kidd's erratic behavior. The couple divorced in 2007.
Questions & Answers
Question: How did Ron Artest instigate the malice at The Palace?
Answer: 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.
© 2018 Jan Michael Ong
Jan Michael Ong (author) from Metro Manila, Philippines on May 27, 2018:
Well FlourishAnyway what Karl did was a crime. The family did not pursue the case because they wanted child support from Karl. He should have at least talked to his kid from time to time and provided monetary support.
FlourishAnyway from USA on May 27, 2018:
Karl Malone is the loser in this category. It’s one thing to make a horrible decision (pervert) but then he kept on compounding it. His kids can help right the wrongs by developing a relationship with their half-brother.
Jan Michael Ong (author) from Metro Manila, Philippines on May 18, 2018:
Well TT I would have liked Karl to be featured in To Catch a Predator or Hansen vs Predator.
Troy Taylor from Anywhere on May 18, 2018:
Karl Malone's lucky he isn't in jail. That's easily number 1 for me as far as despicable goes