A couple years ago Karl Malone was at the Procigar festival in the Dominican Republic. Now the NBA legend is entering the cigar business.

Malone recently launched a retail store, Legends Cigar and Vape, in Ruston, La., where Malone owns a variety of restaurants. Ruston is also the home to Louisiana Tech University, Malone’s alma mater.

A separate business with a mailmancigars.com email has begun sending out invitations for a new cigar launch at this week’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show which appears to be another Malone project.

Malone was a guest of La Aurora at Procigar and the cigars are likely to be made from the factory. Jason Wood of Miami Cigar & Co., La Aurora’s U.S. distributor, told halfwheel that his company was not involved with distribution.

A previous profile of Malone indicated the cigar would be called Legends 32.

Malone is a basketball Hall of Famer. He was a two-time NBA MVP, 14-time All-Star, 11-time NBA first-team, a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary team and won two gold medals with Team U.S.A.

An email sent to an account associated with the company was not immediately returned.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2018 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.