Thursday, July 21, 2016

Moses Malone, Jr. -- "James Harden Had Me Robbed at a Strip Club at 2:30 a.m."

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/news/james-harden-accused-of-orchestrating-aggravated-robbery-of-moses-malone-jr-182614729.html

Um, OK.  Perhaps the worst work done here is the "strip club spokesman" who says Harden had nothing to do with it (which there is no way the spokesman would know one way or the other) and who says that MM, Jr. is a "regular" at the club.  (Thanks.  You really want to identify people who are your actual strip club customers as "regulars".  This isn't something they want to be known for).

Anyway, some thoughts:

1) Again - who the F wears $15,000 of jewelry to a strip club?  There are few places in the world more dangerous than a strip club.  You got roving wild packs of guys drunk, maybe high, and raging with testosterone.  You are asking for bad things to happen to you.

2) He was leaving the strip club at 2:30 a.m.  You are already poor enough for the night if you are leaving a strip club at 2:30 a.m.; you hate to be robbed as well.  I should note also that the danger inherit in a strip club visit multiplies exponentially after, say, 1AM.

3) The most suspicious part of the event is that the guys who rob him say, "Hey, you are the guy who said James Harden was a bad guy!"  Um, there were somewhere between 4 and 15 guys hanging outside the club at 2:30 who knew MM, Jr. was there and who were intent upon messing with him.  The belief that this is just some random attack unrelated to anyone who knows James Harden personally seems, in my opinion, to be a tough sell.  WTF knows Moses Malone, Jr.?  Who could pick him out of a lineup?  Who would know that he was at a strip club?   Who would bother to wait outside to rob him?   The MM, Jr. story (solely in my opinion, not making a factual allegation here) sounds more plausible than any alternative.

4) Consider the offense and response here -- a) you said on Twitter that James Harden overcharges for camps!; b) hey, we are random James Harden fans, so we are going to rob you at 2:30 a.m.

Is this the proper punishment for a Twitter offense?

5) There was a wholly unproven (and obviously false!!!) rumor that one time a guy messed with Sebastian Telfair in a restaurant and Telfair left, made a phone call, and then the guy was shot later that night.  Obviously false, never proven.  But I am reminded of that clearly and patently false story.

6) It will be interesting to see how much investigation goes on here and whether they check phone records, etc.  If Houston police are Rockets fans, they possibly have no interest in doing so.

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