LaVar Ball is really making a name for himself, and it is not a good one. With three kids playing sports, from youth to the professional level, he is the prime example of what one would call a soccer mom. Parent’s with their kids in sports can be great, but there are some that go way to far and should not be allowed anywhere near their child while they are playing.
First of all, before your oldest child is drafted, you say he will only work out for one team, and one team only. You know, it is great that you want your child, and supposedly he wants to play for the professional team he grew up watching, but then before he ever hits the floor, you release a shoe for him, not associated with any major shoe company, for $500 is absolutely asinine. Ok, so your kid did get drafted by the Lakers, the only team he would play for, but one has to wonder, if the Los Angeles team would not have selected him, not wanting to deal with the Big Baller, would Lonzo have not played at all? Would you have thrown a temper tantrum? Sounds kind of silly, but as the father of the Ball brothers showed Friday, if he does not get his way, watch out.
Earlier this month LaVar Ball, who is coaching his middle son’s AAU team, was leading in a game, did not agree with how the referees were calling the game and pulled his team off the floor, forfeiting a game they were winning. On Friday, once again, he threatened to pull his AAU team off the floor. Why? Because he was running his mouth to a female referee who was tired of him and slapped him with a technical foul. He demanded that that referee be removed from the game and replaced or he would once again forfeit the game. This is showing a great form of sportsmanship for the Big Baller Brand.
Ball demanded that the organizers get someone else in to officiate the game, and Adidas, the hosts of the AAU tournament obliged, although they say it was their decision to do so. The same ref officiated the Big Baller Brand’s game earlier in the week, according to Bleacher Report.
LaVar pulled his team off the floor on July 22 at the Double Pump Best of Summer Tournament. The father/coach disagreed with officials during the game in Anaheim, California and made a spectacle of himself by forfeiting the contest.
LaMelo, LaVar’s son on the AAU team, led his team on Thursday with 38 points to a 111-102 win in Las Vegas over Play Hard Play Smart. The kid can play, but LaVar is showing extreme signs of being like the father of the Jackson 5.
Throwing temper tantrums, forfeiting games you are winning because referees are calling fouls on your players, demanding your son play for just one team, is going to ruin the game for anyone watching, or participating in. For years coaches at most youth sports levels have had to have talks with parents, asking them to be quiet, or just plain stay away from the game so they do not make a fool of themselves and just let their kid play. It is a game, not a world changing event. It is sad, but LaVar Ball is the prime example of a parent who should not participate in their child’s sports teams or sporting events so their child and the other kids playing can actually play and have some fun. LaVar, you are taking the fun out of a simple game.
Commentary by Cletus Dillwood
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