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A dirty secret from Karl Malone's past has come back to haunt him. According to a new report, the NBA great got a 13-year-old girl pregnant when he was 20.

Sportscasting.com reports that the former Utah Jazz star welcomed a son with a 13-year-old girl while he was a hoops standout in college.

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The Bell family filed a paternity suit asking for child support. Malone, pictured defending Michael Jordan in the 1997 NBA Finals, settled with the family out of court.

Malone managed to evade criminal charges because he was a college basketball star. His out-of-wedlock son, Demetress Bell, went on to play in the NFL, according to the report.

Malone's son other son, KJ, defended him in a video, saying his father's statutory rape allegation should not tarnish his legacy.

"I'm probably going to get a lot of backfire for this. My mom is probably going to get mad at me. But at the end of the day I'm doing this for my family. Just standing up for my dad. He made a mistake, but at the end of the day, he's still a great dad. He still takes care of Demetress. Demetress is my brother, I love him to death."

Malone's wife reposted KJ's video:

"@kjmalone I am so damn proud of you for speaking up and just know LOVE conquers all and that's what we have as a family. As a mama I will always look out for my family. Instead of looking at people’s failures let's celebrate their achievements and their loving hearts. I pray for all those people that are in a dark place that the only thing they know is to be ugly. I pray God wraps their arms around them and hope they feel the love that you have given me. This to shall pass. Corinthians 13. Love you Jr and stay strong."

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