Don't talk smack about Houston Rockets guard James Harden on Facebook — or at least that's one takeaway from a lawsuit filed this week in Harris County.
Moses Malone Jr., son of NBA legend and former Rockets center Moses Malone, has sued the Houston nightclub V Live for negligence after he was attacked just outside the club, apparently because of remarks he made on Facebook about Harden. According to Malone's attorney, George Farah, a person affiliated with V Live named Darian Blount orchestrated the June 25 attack, and security guards not only turned a blind eye as Malone was beat up and robbed, but even let the attackers back inside the club after they left 37-year-old Malone with a swollen face.
Oh yeah, and James Harden was at the club that night, too, according to witnesses Farah interviewed.
Here's what Farah says Malone posted on Facebook just before getting jumped (Farah was going off memory): "Why is James Harden charging $249 for his basketball camp when Donald Driver, who doesn't make as much money as he does, is doing his camp for free?"
Fighting words, apparently. "The first thing Mr. Blount said to Moses Malone as he approached the nightclub was, 'Why are you talking about James Harden on Facebook?'" Farah recounted. "'Don't be talking about him on social media."
According to court documents, Blount — who, according to a criminal complaint and past criminal charges, appears to be affiliated with V Live — ordered as many as 15 armed men to beat Malone up. They also ripped his earrings and chain necklaces off his body and stole his cellphone and wallet, court papers state. None of the V Live employees who witnessed the beating called 911, Farah said, and Malone had to do it himself.
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Malone is seeking $200,000 to $1 million in damages from the club.
Blount, along with three others, is now charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. According to a criminal complaint, Blount admitted to police he confronted Malone about that totally vicious Facebook post, but denied being present while other men kicked him in the face and stole his belongings. Blount had left the scene before police arrived that night.
Farah anticipates that Blount, other attackers and individual security guards at V Live who did nothing to help Malone may be added to the lawsuit in the future. Harden is not accused of any involvement or wrongdoing, though Farah said he is still gathering all the evidence.
V Live did not return our request for comment.