Tristan Thompson didn’t appreciate one basketball fan’s comments about Khloe Kardashian. On the latest episode of The Kardashians, Khloe asked her on-and-off beau about the circulating rumors that he got a fan ejected from a November 2021 NBA game, when his then-team, the Sacramento Kings, were in Memphis taking on the Grizzlies.
According to Tristan, the fan told him, “She talks to different basketball players, you’re just the next one.”
In turn, Tristan recalled telling the fan, “Listen here, man. Enjoy the game with your girl because she’s coming here to see me… You’re not going to keep talking about my family like that.” After that, Tristan said the fan “got his a– out of there.”
Khloe seemed to appreciate Tristan for standing up for her, praising him in a confessional for being “very protective,” a quality she considered “very cute.” At the time the episode was filmed, Khloe and Tristan, who share 4-year-old daughter, True, were in the midst of a brief reconciliation, after he was at the center of multiple cheating scandals.
Things appeared to be going well for the couple at the time, with Khloe telling Tristan, “Once you’re in it’s like the mob, you can’t get out… Scott [Disick] is never leaving. Kanye [West is] never leaving. Looks like you’re never leaving. We’re all here. Forever!”
“More like you’re never leaving me,” Tristan replied, to which Khloe added, “I think either way it goes, we’re family if you like it or not. I think it’s such a beautiful thing.” Khloe continued in a confessional, “We are great co-parenters. We are great at blending families. We’ve learned that from my mom and my dad.”
As fans of the Kardashians know, Khloe and Tristan’s reconcilliation did not last long. In January, Tristan confirmed that he’d fathered a child with Maralee Nichols. At the time, he apologized to Khloe, writing on his Instagram Story, “Today, paternity test results reveal that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols,” the NBA star wrote. “I take full responsibility for my actions. Now that paternity has been established I look forward to amicably raising our son.”
He continued, “I sincerely apologize to everyone I’ve hurt or disappointed throughout this ordeal both privately and publicly.” The NBA star made an additional slide on his Story and took a moment to address Khloé Kardashian, his ex who he was dating at the time that he and Nichols were together.
“Khloé, you don’t deserve this. You don’t deserve the heartache and humiliation I have caused you,” he wrote. “You don’t deserve the way I have treated you over the years.”
He added: “I have the utmost respect and love for you. Regardless of what you may think. Again, I am so incredibly sorry.”
Last month, Khloe expanded on how she felt at the time while speaking to USA Today.”When you’re hurt so many times — your reactions, your responses to the same thing happening over and over again — there is a numbing sensation to it,” she said, before admitting of the paternity scandal, “That was hard.”
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