Karl Malone is an extremely controversial figure within the NBA community and whenever he makes an appearance fans come out of the woodwork to blast him.
For those who don’t know, Malone is the father of former NFL player Demetrius Bell. When he was a 20-year-old sophomore at Louisiana Tech 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.”
On Tuesday night, Malone went on the Knuckleheads podcast and criticized Zion Williamson over his conditioning and not playing enough minutes despite being young.
Karl Malone says Zion Williamson needs to get into shape
"He needs to be averaging 40 minutes a game. You are a 21-22-year-old kid, your ass shouldn’t be getting tired."
(Via Knuckleheads) pic.twitter.com/a7GhlEmRg5
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) January 20, 2021
Malone then became the top trending topic on Twitter after fans blasted him over his shady past.
What do I think about Karl Malone's comments about Zion?
I think he should be R. Kelly's cellmate
— Jason Maples (@JJMaples55_MST) January 20, 2021
You what’s disturbing? How the media just welcomes Karl Malone like he did absolutely nothing wrong in his life, it’s disgusting.
— WaptorsWan (@abasketballgod) January 20, 2021
FUN FACT: Karl Malone impregnated a girl that was EIGHT years younger than Zion is today!! https://t.co/Sp0Ngv8PTe
— #LAKERS2020CHAMPS (@CindtriIIella) January 20, 2021
Karl Malone don’t need to be commenting on anybody kids, or kids at all for that matter. https://t.co/fxJpaG8xnW
— QuanBam Leap (@SwishoMode) January 20, 2021
Karl Malone, as always, should stop worrying about people who are half his age https://t.co/3RSpOiZJCP
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) January 20, 2021
Karl Malone and “Kid” shouldn’t be in the same sentence https://t.co/otQc6e4rXt
— Adrian Wojnarawski ⚪️ (@Lil_Dagga) January 20, 2021
Karl Malone is a horrible horrible person. Look it up https://t.co/vtvOloiyad
— DJ Kirsch (@DKir11) January 20, 2021
Bruh Karl Malone shouldn’t be talking about people’s ages…
— semi-depressed Kings fan(5-9) (@DeAaronFoxburn1) January 20, 2021