Karl Malone Seems To Finally Have A Relationship With The Son He Fathered With A 13-Year-Old (PICS)
Way back 1984, a 20-year-old Karl Malone had a child with a 13 year-old when he was a sophomore in college who turned out to be quite the football player.
Demetress Bell signed a five-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles for a reported $35 million back in 2012.
Here’s the entire back story via Demetress Bell – Wikipedia:
“Karl Malone has never offered public confirmation that he is the father of Demetress Bell. However, laboratory blood tests prepared for the Bell family’s 1996 paternity lawsuit against Malone reportedly pointed to an over 99 percent probability that Bell’s father was either Malone or a brother of Malone. Malone initially refused to respond to the lawsuit, but eventually reached an out-of-court settlement with the Bell family over the issue. The Bells received a single lump sum payment of a confidential amount, with no on-going child support for Demetress. In speaking later about the settlement, Malone’s attorney asserted that it had not included an official court determination of paternity, and noted that Malone “had a lot of brothers”.
Although Malone was 20 years old at the time that the 13-year-old Gloria Bell was impregnated, she said that her family chose not to pursue criminal charges against Malone over the relationship. According to Bell, with Malone being a neighbor — Summerfield’s population is only a few hundred — her family did not wish to see him jailed, especially since he would then be unable to provide any support for Demetress at all.
In 2008, The Buffalo News published a story about Demetress Bell that included the claim that he didn’t know who his father was until after he graduated from high school. However, in a 1998 article in The Salt Lake Tribune, when Bell was 14 years old, his mother spoke of his shying away from anything to do with Malone because his feelings were hurt by Malone’s refusal to acknowledge him.
According to Bell, he has spoken to Malone on one occasion, when Bell was 18 years old. Bell reported that Malone told him that he would have to make his way on his own, as it was too late for the two men to have a father-son relationship.”
Fast forward to 2019 and it seems like the two have made amends and are actually hanging out with family together.