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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Lawsuit Claims BBaller's

Charity Is a FRAUD

4/17/2013 5:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0417-kareem-abdul-jabbar-deborah-morales-gettyKareem Abdul-Jabbar's kids charity is a sham ... a front to swindle cash ... this according to a new lawsuit. 

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.

BTW ... Kareem is NOT named as a defendant.

We've reached out to reps for Kareem, Skyhook, and Morales -- but haven't yet heard back.

Looks like Kareem will be forced to get back on defense.

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bellyman    

Roger Murdock: Huh?

518 days ago
17.

Jay Singer    

Right, the Kareem, who is known throughout the NBA as one of the most decent players EVER, and a friend and player for John Wooden, would have sold out anyone for any amount of money. Someone's trying to rip off the greatest center of all time.

518 days ago
18.

Jay Singer    

Shame on Deborah Morales. She won't be forgotten. She picked on the wrong guy. We love Kareem and the Laker Fans are serious friends of their stars.

518 days ago
19.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

He's looking a bit like the cryptkeeper these days.

518 days ago
20.

Ivan in Phoenix    

Now you know why all the idiots running Kony 2012 are probably millionaires by now. Most charities are frauds. Just look at all the money raised for hurricanes and the recent storms and compare it to how much money is actually making it to the victims. Hint: it ain't very much!

518 days ago
21.

Cool Breeze    

He looks like a zombie from the walking dead..

517 days ago
22.

bart    

What else is new

517 days ago
23.

Majordomo    

Kareem would never take a penny from a child. If this mad woman manager did I know Kareem will see that every cent is returned. Hopefully he fires that crazy ...

516 days ago
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carsonpopart    

Deborah is a TOTAL fraud. She's ripped me off in the process of going to team up with juliens auctions. I tried to warn Kareem and Juliens but they didn't listen. I guess they did their research. She's scammed way too many people to even mention. Someone needs to stop this lady from taking advantage of people and i hope this is the final straw.

516 days ago
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