Tristan Thompson plays many roles in life: an NBA star, a father of four, a devoted son and a loving brother. Unfortunately, the narrative that Thompson is a serial cheater overshadows his otherwise uncontroversial life so much that the only thing people seem to associate with his name is infidelity. His on-and-off relationship with Khloé Kardashian, who happens to be one of the most talked-about women in the world, has served as the culmination of the salacious headlines of his feminine nature. Thompson has caused her a lot of pain and heartbreak, but even Kardashian finds it sad that her relationship drama is taking center stage. “I also just think you know people make mistakes,” she said on a May 2022 episode of the Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast, adding, “He’s still a good person, he’s not a good one partners for me. “ Oh Khlo.
In the basketball world, Thompson is known for his impressive rebounds. The 6’9″ tall Canadian baller, who won the 2016 NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, signed with the Chicago Bulls after being traded from the Indiana Pacers in early 2022. Interestingly, the news came after he allegedly told someone , that he was planning to retire from the NBA after they charged him with a paternity suit (we’ll analyze this messy situation later).
Even the Kardashian-Jenners couldn’t keep up with the drama surrounding Thompson, but that didn’t stop us from delving into his seedy life.
Khloé Kardashian and Jordan Craig overlap
In case you didn’t know, Tristan Thompson’s double-dribbling tendencies go way back, even before he cheated on Khloé Kardashian for the first time. Before he started dating the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star in 2016, Thompson was in a year-long relationship with influencer and lifestyle blogger Jordan Craig. In 2016, they found out she was pregnant. Unfortunately, Thompson couldn’t play fair: He began cheating on her with several women, which eventually prompted her to move out of her Cleveland home, according to Radar Online. “Tristan was adamant that he would change for our family and tried to get back together on numerous occasions,” revealed Craig.
And then Khloé Kardashian came into the picture. Reports of a budding romance began circulating after paparazzi snapped pictures of her and Thompson during their romantic vacation in Mexico. While the newlyweds soaked up the sun, Craig dealt with unsavory tabloids about her pregnancy and failed relationship. “My obstetrician put me on bed rest due to high stress levels, which eventually led to severe pregnancy complications,” she said in the court documents cited above. Meanwhile, reports surfaced claiming Thompson cheated on Craig with Kardashian. Kardashian insisted Thompson was single when they met, but netizens didn’t want to believe it since Craig was pregnant with his baby when they hit it off.
He cheated on Khloé Kardashian when she was pregnant
According to the story, Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s mutual friend set her up on a blind date in August 2016. Things moved quickly from that point — within less than a year, Kardashian was desperate to start a family with him. “We talked about it. He [already] is a dad and I know for a fact that he would be an impeccable dad,” she told ES Magazine, before admitting that if he proposed to him, she’d say yes. Though Tristan didn’t get on one knee, they had a baby on the way by September 2017. Creating life with someone she truly loved had been a dream, but their fairy tale was to take a sad turn.
Days before Kardashian was due, TMZ released footage of Tristan cheating on her with multiple women. Days later, sources told People he cheated on her throughout her pregnancy. “And there will be more women coming out of the woodwork,” said one tipster. After the birth of her daughter, True Thompson, on April 12, 2018, Kardashian chose to bask in maternal bliss amid betrayal. Eventually she decided to give him a second chance. Things seem to be going well between the two, but that was until Tristan made out with Kylie Jenner’s former best friend, Jordyn Woods, who was later shunned by the Kardashian-Jenner brood. *Deep sigh.*
It has been said that Tristan Thompson is not around very often
Aside from the sordid cheating scandals, if we may believe Khloé Kardashian’s chat with Robin Roberts, Tristan Thompson is a good dad, but rumors have swirled about how much time he doesn’t spend with his firstborn, Prince Thompson. In 2018, Hollywood Life reported that a source close to Jordan Craig made some claims regarding his role as a father. “Tristan is pretty much an absentee father, although he regularly pays his child support, you can’t fault him for that,” the outlet’s tipster said. “But when it comes to raising his son, pretty much everything depends on Jordan.” The source also claimed Craig has made peace with Tristan’s absence. In court documents obtained by Radar Online, Craig claimed Thompson only saw Prince nine times between 2016 and 2019.
All in all, Tristan isn’t completely absent from Prince’s life. As People noted in 2021, the two watched “Space Jam: A New Legacy” together; In the same year, the NBA star shared a picture of Prince and True Thompson.
Tristan once said that raising a boy is very different from raising a girl. “I think with a girl you’re just so much more emotional than … with a boy, it’s just, ‘Hey man, you’re going to be okay, man. Stop crying,” he said during the “Road Trippin’.” Podcast (about People). How does he treat his daughter? It sounds like he’s more sensitive and coddling.
Tristan Thompson’s hiking trails have never changed
We may be disappointed, but surprised? pfft In July 2020, People reported Khloé Kardashian gave her relationship with Tristan Thompson another chance. “Tristan is working hard to prove himself and has been a great father to True,” a source said. Thompson had showered Kardashian with love before the news broke and gushed over her Instagram on her 36th birthday. Kardashian also forgave him after he cheated on her with Jordyn Woods. “I get to choose who I want in my life and who I don’t. I can also wish people well and sincerely mean it. Doesn’t mean I have to be her best friend,” she wrote on her Instagram account, Stories (via People). Little did she know Thompson would humiliate her again.
To no one’s surprise, Thompson betrayed Kardashian’s confidence. A source told Page Six that he had cheated on her with an Instagram model, but that was after he was seen bringing three women into a bedroom at a party in Bel Air. “We all talked about how bad we felt for Khloe and how he would embarrass her again,” an insider told the Daily Mail. Another source told E! News that Kardashian was doing her best to repair their relationship. The judgment? Too many fouls to ignore. “She’s Done and Says She’s Not Going Back,” E! News’ tipster said.
Did Tristan Thompson beat sucker Draymond Green?
Here’s your well-deserved break from Tristan Thompson’s mind-boggling cheating drama. In 2018, Thompson reportedly punched Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green at an ESPYs afterparty. According to The Athletic, LeBron James, the party’s host, and Kevin Durant allegedly had to step in after Thompson allegedly attacked Green without warning. “It was a smack. But to be honest, it wasn’t really a hit. It was more of a nudge,” a source told the outlet. After the story made rounds around the internet, Green took to Instagram Stories (via USA Today) to laugh at the whole thing. As far as he was concerned, the circulating reports weren’t entirely accurate, but he mostly wanted the story to be silenced for his mother’s sake.
As for the initial tension between the players, it all started when Thompson was kicked out of Game 1 of the NBA Finals in 2018. Green applauded mockingly as Thompson tried to leave the field. Thompson glared at Green and shoved the ball in his face. Before Green could hit back, her teammates pulled them apart and Thompson motioned for Green to go outside. Green didn’t even shake Thompson’s hand after the last game of the season.
According to insiders at The Athletic, the drama brewing between the duo died down by the end of the party.
A paternity suit against Tristan Thompson
In December 2021, the Daily Mail reported that Tristan Thompson had been dating fitness model Maralee Nichols while he was still dating Khloé Kardashian. Thompson claimed their relationship was purely physical and there was no emotional connection. Their affair eventually led to pregnancy, but according to Page Six, Thompson reportedly told Nichols to have an abortion and offered her $75,000 to remain silent. Nichols hit him with a paternity suit and demanded that he pay her medical bills. She also sued him for child support. Thompson denies paternity of the baby.
In January 2022, Thompson publicly admitted that a paternity test had confirmed he was in fact the father of Nichols’ child and apologized to Khloé for humiliating her. “You don’t deserve the way I’ve treated you over the years. My actions certainly didn’t line up with the way I see you. I have the utmost respect and love for you,” he shared on his Instagram Stories (via People).
As The Kardashians viewers saw, Kim Kardashian broke the news of the paternity lawsuit to Khloé, and understandably, Khloé (and the rest of the Kardashian-Jenners) were devastated. Well we know what happened next. In August 2022, People confirmed that Khloé and Thompson welcomed their second child, a baby boy, via surrogate. According to the outlet, the baby was conceived in November 2021 while it was still an item. At least they’re not back together.