Tristan Thompson admitted being in a solely sexual relationship for months with Maralee Nichols, the woman who claimed he fathered her newborn son.
The Daily Mail published court documents containing a declaration from the basketball star and at the same time ex-boyfriend of reality star Kourtney Kardashian. The two share a three-year-old child, True Thompson.
According to the NBA player, if he is indeed the father of Nichol’s newborn child who was born last December 1, the child was conceived when they had sex during his 30th birthday last March in Houston.
He declared, “Contrary to [Nichols’] many inferences in her declaration, we did not have a serious ongoing relationship. We saw each other sporadically between December 2020 and March 13, 2021 and did not have sexual intercourse in California during that time.”
He added, “[Nichols] told me that she had been involved with other athletes and understood the limitations of our relationship; to-wit, that we might see each other on a sporadic basis for consensual casual sex only. From December 2020 through March 2021, we saw each other on such a basis.”
Based on his filing, the two met in “late November/early December 2020 at someone’s home” and that she went to see him in his home in Encino, California “on maybe two occasions during that time.”
“[Nichols] constantly used the term ‘hook up’ to describe our relationship which was the reality,” Thompson added. “I am certain that if the child is deemed to be my child that the only date of conception was March 13, 2021, because it was my birthday.”
He continued, “Our relationship was based on sex. We would not have seen each other in Houston if we were not going to have sex. We did not have any dates in the traditional sense at any time; there were no dining at restaurants, going to movies, traveling or any other indicia of a normal relationship. There was only Snapchats of ‘where’ and ‘what time’ we would hook up and what hotels would be used.”
Further, he claimed that they didn’t have telephone calls, emails, or text messages. He wrote, “We only communicated via the Snapchat application. My username on Snapchat has always been ‘blkjesus00.’ We used Snapchat to communicate to protect our privacy. After a Snapchat message, the message is automatically deleted. If either one of us would do something to try and save the message, the other party would be notified. I was never notified that [Nichols] saved a message from me.”
Thompson went on, “Given the fact that our relationship was based on sex only, there would be no reason to keep any messages. Snapchat does not retain messages.”
The two are presently involved in a legal dispute regarding the paternity of the child as well as where the case will be handled. Nichols already informed him before that she intended to have the baby in California and believes he “thinks forum shopping in Texas will save him money ultimately in child support.”
Based on his latest declaration, Thompson also accused her of “trying to deter the Court from determining the legal issues of where the paternity action should be heard by wrongfully attacking” him.
He said, “I filed paternity action in Texas because that is the only place where paternity could have taken place. In my pleadings, I acknowledged my responsibilities in the event that there is a finding of paternity. However, I have confirmed that if I am found to be the father, that I will not be seeking custody or visitation of the child.”