The Utah Jazz were heavily featured on the final episode of “The Last Dance’ on Sunday night and people were immediately reminded of Karl Malone’s dark past.
For those who don’t know, Malone is the father of former NFL player Demetrius Bell. When he was a 20-year-old sophomore in college Malone reportedly impregnated Bell’s mother who was 13 at the time and then refused to pay child support for many years until settling out of court.
Malone reportedly impregnated Bell’s mother when she was 13 and he was a sophomore at Louisiana Tech.
It would be one thing if Malone was unable to financially provide for his son, but he made more than $100 million during his NBA career.
The Salt Lake (Utah) Tribune reported that when Bell’s grandparents initially took Malone to court for paternity in 1986, his second year with the Jazz, they requested Malone pay $200 a week.
Malone didn’t respond to the suit, but a Louisiana judge ruled he was Bell’s father — after a paternity test showed that was indeed accurate — and ordered Malone to pay $125 a week, plus past and future medical expenses. Malone claimed that was too much and later reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with Bell’s family between 1988 and 1989.”
NBA fans slammed Malone over his past during the live airing of “The Last Dance” on Twitter.