The son of Hall of Famer Moses Malone is suing Houston Rockets guard and former Arizona State basketball star James Harden, saying the MVP candidate paid to have him assaulted.
Lawyers representing Moses Malone Jr. say he "was violently attacked by a group of armed men" while entering a club last June after making a Facebook post criticizing Harden for charging $249 at a basketball camp.
The complaint says Harden paid Darian Blount approximately $20,000 "to put a hit on" Malone.
Blount is one of four men who were charged ted last year with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Harden hasn't faced any charges.
Harden's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, didn't respond to messages seeking comment. Hardin had told Houston TV station Fox 26, "I am totally comfortable that the allegations are untrue."
"I am afraid this is just another example of people shopping for a deep pocket when they find that the people actually responsible have no money," Hardin added.
Harden played two seasons at ASU and was the 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year. He was taken by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and is a five-time NBA All-Star.