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Son of former NBA great says James Harden’s ‘people’ robbed him

Houston Rockets guard James Harden is accused of being linked to a celebrity robbery.
Houston Rockets guard James Harden is accused of being linked to a celebrity robbery. AP

There’s no shortage of strange stories about pro athletes finding trouble in Houston, but this story might be the most bizarre.

Moses Malone Jr., the son of former NBA great Moses Malone, claims he was attacked and robbed by Houston Rockets guard James Harden’s crew outside of a Houston nightclub early Saturday morning.

According to Kaitlin McCulley of KTRK-TV in Houston, Malone Jr. believes Harden was seeking revenge for a post he wrote on Facebook criticizing the NBA All-Star for charging too much money for his basketball camp and making it hard for inner city kids to attend.

Malone Jr. wrote: “"Don't he make WAY more $ then (sic) Donald Driver???? But, he charging 249$ & the inner city kids have NO CHANCE to go to his camp. Hollywood Harden #Fact."

Malone Jr. believes Harden got mad and sent his entourage after him to settle the score. A Houston Police Department spokesperson told McCulley that at least four of the men had guns. According to his attorney, Malone Jr. was robbed of some $15,000 in jewelry, and that security guards at the club did nothing to help him.

A representative of the nightclub, V Live told ABC13’s McCulley that claim is untrue because Malone Jr. is a frequent customer and club security would have aided him. The representative also said he does not believe Harden was at the club or had anything to do with Malone Jr. getting jumped.

A spokesperson for the Rockets had not returned phone and email messages sent by KTRK-TV.

If Harden is involved in this situation, it would serve him better to get more offended by criticism of his nightly nonchalant defensive effort than the prices he charges for his camp.

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