Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the latest NBA star to be accused of a charity scam just a few weeks after Lamar Odom and his wife Khloe Kardashian were hit with the same accusations.
While the charity scam part may be similar, it seems like Jamaar’s hands are much cleaner than Lamar and Khloe’s because it seems as if the basketball legend truly had no idea that the charity was a fraud.
Julien’s Auctions claims it struck a deal to sell Abdul-Jabbar’s marquis memorabilia — championship rings, jerseys, the works.
Deborah Morales, Kareem’s manager and longtime personal friend, negotiated with Julien’s and — as part of the deal — she allegedly got them to donate $300K to the famed bballer’s Skyhook Foundation charity.
Julien’s says after it forked over the cash, it discovered Skyhook was not in the charity business at all. It was a front to pad the pockets of Skyhook’s mucky mucks … according to the lawsuit.
Julien’s wants Morales to return its $300k and punitive damages to boot.
The NBA icon and “Splash” contestant has not been listed as a defendant in the lawsuit but we’re sure the public will want to hear from him about the phony charity.
…Or perhaps everything will just blow over and be forgotten like in Khloe and Lamar’s case?