A few weeks back, we wrote about LaVar Ball. How he needed to chill. How his big mouth and outlandish statements were doing more harm than good. We were (and still are) of the opinion that he’s enjoying the limelight too much, and putting negative attention onto his sons with his behavior instead of letting their play speak for itself.
Well, according to reports it looks like we were completely correct. ESPN’s Darren Rovell (a typically reliable source of information) reported this week that Nike, adidas, and Under Armor aren’t interested in signing Lonzo Ball to a contract. Think this might have something to do with LaVarr? We do. Lonzo stayed quiet and let his excellent play speak for him … but LaVarr’s constant outlandish statements (especially the one he made regarding the package shoe deal for his sons that we touched on in the previous article) has made a kid who could be a solid pitch man for a brand into somewhat of a liability.
They say that all press is good press, but when someone else is doing all your press for you by saying the most ridiculous things he can think of while also promoting an undercooked brand (check out Big Baller Brand if you’re so inclined), that’s the kind of press that’ll make companies shy away from you faster than you can say “Ball”.
Lonzo seems like a solid kid, and he’s clearly talented. Let’s hope that LaVarr and his crazy statements don’t impede his career any more than they need to.
What do you think about Nike, adidas, and UA’s disinterest in signing Lonzo Ball? Do you think it has to do with LaVarr, or is it something else entirely? Hit us up and let us know in the comments or on Twitter, check our Facebook page for daily updates, and, as always, be sure to follow us on Instagram for all the fire sneaker pictures you can handle.