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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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Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office
Police rescued a Monroe, Louisiana man who was brutally beaten after he was caught having sex with a 13-year-old girl by her family members.
Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a home on the 100 block of Lisa Drive on Sunday morning in reference to an injured person.
When deputies arrived at the location, they encountered a battered and bruised Javionne Thomas hiding outside the home. the 18-year-old told them he was having sex with a female in the home when he was savagely beaten by her family members.
Deputies entered the home and determined the female was actually 13 years old. The age of consent in Louisiana is 17.
According to Brproud.com, the girl initially told police that the sex was non-consensual. Her mother said she wanted to press criminal charges against Thomas.
Thomas was transported to a hospital where he was treated for lacerations and deep tissue injuries to his face and neck area.
Deputies interviewed Thomas again at the hospital. He confessed to having consensual sex with the girl but he denied knowing she was underage.
Thomas also told deputies that he did not want to press charges against the girl's family for beating him.
The deputies spoke to the girl again and she recanted her original statement. She admitted to police that the sex was consensual and that Thomas knew she was underage.
Thomas was arrested after being released from the hospital and charged with Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile, according to Brproud.com.
He is being held in the Ouachita Correctional Center on $50,000 bond.
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