Karl Malone: The Mailman Doesn't Deliver as a Man

Brandon BoydContributor IJuly 23, 2009

AUBURN HILLS, MI - JUNE 10:  Karl Malone #11 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after a play against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of game three of the 2004 NBA Finals June 10, 2004 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Karl Malone had a storied career as a member of the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers.

He's one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players.

He's a 14-Time All-Star.

He averaged 25 points throughout his career.

Yet Karl Malone, as a man, as a person off the court, is a shell of his on-court persona.

Even on the court he was known for his physicality (to put it lightly). 

He's elbowed the likes of Steve Nash, Isiah Thomas, David Robinson, and Shawn Bradley, giving out more stitches than a surgeon and more pain than an MMA fighter.

In an interview with Playboy in 1989, Malone himself stated that he liked to push the refs until he got away with something, and then keep on pushing.  He pushed, the refs gave, and Malone became "Dr. Elbow."

Yeah, he's a real sweetheart, isn't he?

Speaking of being a sweetheart, he's great with the ladies.

Sure, now he has a wife and four kids, but he also has three kids outside of his marriage.

The problem is, he has been out of the lives of those three children, and has refused to take responsibility.

One of those children is Cheryl Ford, with whom Malone finally formed a relationship while she was in college.  Ford has a twin, Daryl.

As for the other child, his name is Demetrius Bell.  His mom was 13 when he was born.


Malone was 20.  Basically, the college aged Malone had a baby with an eighth grader.

It's too bad Chris Hansen wasn't around then.

That "love child," Demetrius Bell, is now an Offensive Tackle for the Buffalo Bills, drafted in the seventh Round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Bell first met his father after graduating from high school, where Malone reportedly told him it was too late to be his father, and that Bell would have to "earn his money on his own."

Yet Malone, who said it was too late to be a father for the newly minted high school grad, formed a relationship with the two Fords while Cheryl was in college.

If Cheryl hadn't starred at Karl's alma mater and gone to the WNBA, would Karl be in her life?

Maybe, maybe not.

But either way, we know that he's not in Demetrius Bell's life.

Bell's doing just fine, though.  "I'm happy.  I don't need anything else," he said about not having a father figure.

And just in case you thought Malone couldn't be any worse of a man, there's the reported words he said to Kobe Bryant's wife back in 2004.

Vanessa Bryant reportedly asked Malone what he was hunting, in reference to his cowboy hat and boots.  Malone's response?

"I'm hunting for little Mexican girls."

Vanessa Bryant, of course, is of Mexican decent.

I guess there's only one way to sum up the life of Karl Malone: Great on the court. Not so great off of it.