NBA player Tristan Thompson has publicly apologized to Khloé Kardashian after a paternity test revealed he fathered a child with another woman while they were dating.
Tristan Thompson confirmed that he fathered a baby boy with personal trainer, Maralee Nichols via his Instagram Story on Monday night.
The 30-year-old basketballer wrote;
“Today, paternity test results reveal that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols.
“I take full responsibility for my actions. Now that paternity has been established. I look forward to amicably raising our son.
“I sincerely apologize to everyone I’ve hurt or disappointed throughout this ordeal both privately and publicly.”
In a second slide, Thompson acknowledged how his relationship with Nichols, 31, hurt Kardashian, 37, whom he was still dating when his newborn was conceived.
“Khloé, 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.”
Thompson went on to say that his actions “certainly have not lined up” with his personal view of the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” alum.
“I have the utmost respect and love for you. Regardless of what you may think,” he added. “Again, I am so incredibly sorry.”
Thompson previously denied having sex with Nichols in California where the paternity case was filed, claiming that the “only” possible date of conception for the child is March 13, 2021, which is his birthday when he was in Texas. In previous court documents and in a statement last month, Nichols said the child was conceived in April.
In court documents, Thompson claimed he only communicated with Nichols via Snapchat, the photo messaging app that can automatically deletes messages after they’re read, and repeatedly asserted that his relationship with Nichols was “based on sex only.”