Tristan Thompson was spotted preparing to give his daughter True a huge bouquet of roses just an hour before admitting he fathered a child with fitness model Maralee Nichols.
A delivery man was spotted dropping off the florals into Tristan’s SUV as the NBA player waited for his daughter to finish gymnastics class in Los Angeles on Monday.
Tristan, 30, then stepped out of the vehicle and put on a face mask handed to him by his driver.
Doing his part: Tristan Thompson was spotted Monday outside of his daughter True’s gymnastics class in Los Angeles prepared to give her a bouquet of roses
Special delivery: A delivery man was spotted dropping off the florals into Tristan’s SUV as the NBA player waited for his daughter to finish gymnastics class in Los Angeles on Monday
After he put on the blue face mask, Tristan, who was clad in black sweats and lilac Crocs, directed his attention to his phone as he strode across the parking lot.
The outing occurred only an hour before admitting on Instagram he had fathered a child with Maralee during his relationship with Khloe Kardashian after undergoing a paternity test. Tristan shares True with Khloe, his on-off girlfriend of several years.
DailyMail.com exclusively revealed details of the paternity battle last month after Nichols filed a lawsuit against the NBA player.
‘Today paternity test results reveal that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols,’ Tristan admitted on his Instagram Stories. ‘I take full responsibility for my actions. Now that paternity has been established I look forward to amicably raising our son.
Hand off: The driver stepped out to open the car door for the roses
Safety first: Tristan, 30, then stepped out of the vehicle and put on a face mask handed to him by his driver
‘I sincerely apologize to everyone I’ve hurt or disappointed throughout this ordeal both publicly and privately.’
Tristan then issued a groveling apology to Khloe: ‘Khloe, you don’t deserve this. You don’t deserve the heartache and humiliation I have caused you. You don’t deserve the way I have treated you over the years.
‘My actions have certainly not lined up with the way I view you. I have the utmost respect and love for you. Regardless of what you may think. Again, I am so incredibly sorry,’ his statement read.
The admission posted to Instagram marked the first time the Sacramento Kings player has publicly acknowledged he’s now a father of three.
Controversy: The outing occurred only an hour before admitting on Instagram he had fathered a child with Maralee during his relationship with Khloe Kardashian after undergoing a paternity test. Tristan shares True with Khloe, his on-off girlfriend of several years
Daddy’s little girl: Tristan shares his three-year-old daughter with ex-girlfriend Khloe Kardashian
‘There was never any doubt that Tristan Thompson was the father of Maralee Nichols’ baby,’ her lawyer, Harvey Englander, later told DailyMail.com a statement.
‘Tristan made numerous false and defamatory statements and declarations about Maralee over the past few months, and she is taking his contrite statement today in the context of all of those statements.’
In addition to his newborn son and daughter True with Khloe, he also shares a five-year-old son Prince with ex Jordan Craig.
Maralee, 31, a fitness model, gave birth to a son on December 1 and claimed the child had been conceived while celebrating the NBA pro’s birthday in Houston in March 2021.
That’s his girl! Thompson held his young daughter who was clad in a pink flamingo outfit
At that time, Tristan and Khloe, who have had an on/off relationship plagued by allegations of his infidelity, were said to have been back together.
Court documents obtained in December first revealed that Nichols was suing Thompson for child support as well as for reimbursement of medical expenses and pregnancy-related costs.
However, she subsequently told E! News: ‘I did not file any request for child support before our child was born.’
Additionally Nichols filed to submit text messages exchanged between herself and Thompson as evidence for her paternity lawsuit.
‘You don’t deserve this’: Thompson issued a groveling apology to Khloe after admitting he fathered a child with the fitness model while he was in a relationship with her
It’s claimed the texts show the pro athlete had wanted her to terminate the pregnancy, stated he had no plans to be involved in the child’s life and had tried to offer her hush money.
‘You know how I feel. My feelings haven’t changed at all. Won’t be involved at all. Btw if you think having this baby is gonna make you some money. It’s completely wrong,’ a text message allegedly sent by Tristan read.
‘You are aware that I’m retiring after this season. So in terms of support it will be whatever is required monthly or someone who’s unemployed. It’s texas (sic) so it will be only a couple hundred dollars. So you better off taking this 75k I’m offering cause you won’t get nothing near that with having a kid with a father who’s unemployed.’
In a copy of a shocking text message obtained by Radar, Thompson allegedly offers Nichols $75,000 to keep quiet and warns that he is retiring after this NBA season and would therefore be unemployed.
Taking responsibility: The NBA player admitted he had a child with Maralee on Instagram on Monday
He had filed a gag order request back in December saying Nichols’ ‘intention all along [was] to try to achieve some sort of notoriety and gain for herself in this lawsuit’ by accusing him of fathering a third child.
Nichols broke her silence on her relationship with Thompson just two weeks ago, in conversation with E! News where she spoke about not knowing he was in a relationship with Khloe, not wanting a romantic relationship with him and discussed the paternity lawsuit.
She claimed they first met back in 2020 and ‘He told me he was single and co-parenting.
‘I would never have gotten involved with Tristan if I thought he was in a relationship,’ she maintained.
‘I am choosing to embrace being a mother and doing the best I can for my son. I do not want any further media attention, nor do I want a romantic relationship with Tristan. My goal is to raise our son in a safe, healthy, loving and private environment.’
Maralee filed her paternity claim in Los Angeles.
Subsequently Thompson filed a case against her in Texas, arguing that the child could only have been conceived in that state and that courts there should have jurisdiction in the matter. His Texas case was dismissed on December 15.
While Maralee claims she had spent ‘many nights with Tristan, the basketball player continued to insist that the pair ‘did not have a serious ongoing relationship.’
It was disputed by her lawyers who claim the affair began ‘five months’ before his birthday celebration and continued after she got pregnant.
When news of the pregnancy broke, Khloe was reportedly ‘upset to find out that he cheated again,’ and ‘can’t believe that he is going to be a dad again,’ per PEOPLE.
She has not yet made any public comment following Tristan’s public apology.
However, on New Year’s Eve last Friday, Khloe posted a video to Instagram in which she’s seen with daughter True by her side.
The reality TV star wore festive multicolor 2022 glasses and declared: ‘We are starting early over here. We are saying sayonara to 2021 as early as possible.’
She’s ready to move on! ‘We are saying sayonara to 2021 as early as possible,’ Khloe said in video with daughter True on New Year’s Eve