The former NBA star has a few children from out of wedlock (including the WNBA’s Cheryl Ford), and with the NFL Draft over the past weekend, people learned about his son Demetrius Bell, whom he fathered while at Louisiana Tech — and basically brushed off once Malone met Bell when Bell was 18. But as the Buffalo News’ Allen Wilson writes, Bell’s mother was 13 when he was born, and her parents did not pursue statutory rape charges against Malone.
Malone should thank Gloria Bell’s parents every day that they decided not to do so (why, I don’t know, but I can’t make a judgment there) because if that’s all true, his Hall of Fame career would never have happened if he’d actually faced charges: he’d likely have lost his scholarship, with all the things that implies. So, why be so dismissive with your own son when you know you probably owe his family big time for letting you off the hook for something so despicable?
I always thought Karl Malone was a little bit of a prick sometimes and a bit self-absorbed, but that’s way beyond any throwaway character assumptions.
Dad Karl Marlone a footnote in Demetrius Bell’s life [Buffalo News]