LeBron James, Russell Westbrook The Latest Casualty Of LaVar Ball's Tirade; Says His Son Lonzo Can Beat Them On 5-on-5; Big Baller Brand Might Be Violating NCAA Bylaws
on Mar 19, 2017 04:49 AM EDT
Uh-oh, LaVar Ball isn't done yet.
Add MVP front-runners LeBron James and Russell Westbrook to the growing list of players who is not worthy of messing up with the Ball boys, which includes Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley. As a consolation, cobwebs are still present in the sight of LaVar Ball when it comes to players that will be potentially matched-up with his oldest son Lonzo, according to the reports from The Score.
TIME had a phone conversation with the free-spoken father of the UCLA guard regarding to a what appears to be a violation that his clothing line is committing. The exchange, obviously, isn't complete without LaVar flaunting the greatness of his sons in the sport.
In the conversation, he said that Lonzo is the best player in the world. "Yes, even better than all-stars LeBron James and Russell Westbrook," LaVar added before slightly stepping on the brakes after mentioning the two names.
"I don't know if he can beat them one on one ... but I know he can beat them 5 on 5."
Westbrook is currently the NBA leader in number of triple-double games this season with 34. ESPN stats had him averaging 31.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.4 assists for the 39-29 Oklahoma City Thunder. James, on the other hand, is averaging 26 points, 8.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists for the 45-22 Cleveland Cavaliers according to the same stats database.
Known to owning their own brand named "Big Baller Brand", they seem to be violating the NCAA bylaws as TIME mentioned on the same article. The rule states that student-athletes are not allowed to have their names or images to be used to promote or advertise a commercial product or service.
LaVar disclosed that UCLA asked him to take down the photos and videos of his son from their brand's site, which he did. That, however, didn't simply end by silently taking it down like a slave following orders from his master. In retaliation, he asked UCLA to take his name off the About Us section of the school's site regardless if it's a serious violation or not, and even threatened them that he will pull Lonzo out of the program and try to win the NCAA championship on their own.
On their website, they are also selling a a snapback hat in blue and gold colors which, coincidentally, resembles the color of UCLA along with other color combinations. If the intention is to sell products without paying any royalties to UCLA would mean a clear violation of the rules, according to University of New Hampshire law professor Alexandra Roberts.
With LaVar, who elaborated that the brand logo that shows BBB are representation of his three sons, arguing how would it appear like he's exploiting his son if they are using it in something that they own, he raised his case that UCLA is just doing the same thing to his son -- using Lonzo to make money.
And with that, we're sure that we haven't heard the last out of LaVar Ball.
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