LaVar Ball Says His Son Lonzo Couldn't Win Title at UCLA Because of 'White Guys'

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LaVar Ball Says His Son Lonzo Couldn't Win Title at UCLA Because of 'White Guys'

And people are upset about it.

Published April 7, 2017

By now, we all know that there isn't anything that LaVar Ball will refrain from saying. Hell, the outspoken father of former UCLA standout Lonzo Ball and Chino Hill HS (Chino Hills, California) sensations LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball told BET.com late last month that he'll say what he feels "whether you think it's crazy or not."

In a short period of time, Mr. Ball has predicted that Lonzo "will be better than Steph Curry" and that he himself could've defeated Michael Jordan 1-on-1 back in the day. (Yeah ... OK.)

The 49-year-old also said his trio of sons are better suited for NBA success than LeBron James's sons because Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo won't have to live up to the standards of King James's kids. When LeBron warned LaVar to keep his kids' names and family out of his mouth, Mr. Ball shot back, calling James's response "touchy" and by informing him that "can't nobody warn me for nothing!"

That and let's not forget his $1 billion demand to sneaker companies for his sons ... something that's actually being entertained, as crazy as it sounds.

But the over-the-top basketball dad might have offered his most controversial statement yet.

In speaking with the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin yesterday, Ball blamed UCLA's "white guys" for the team's Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament two weeks ago.

“Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow,” Ball said. “I told Lonzo, ‘One of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points.’ It turned out that was the one game. Then once they get to the Elite 8, they’re right there.”

Wow. Is Mr. Ball aware that those three "white guys" on UCLA had better games than Lonzo's meager 10 points and that it was his son who gave up 39 points to Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox?

Later appearing on CBS Sports Radio's Tiki and Tierney, Ball insisted that his comments were "not racial."

"But I said prove me wrong that you can’t win nowadays with three white guys on the floor at the same time," Ball said on the show, as reported by TMZ Sports. "I’m not saying I don’t like white people and white people can’t win or nothing like that."

He added, "I’m just saying when you have more athleticism (on the court), it’s kind of hard when you don’t have the foot speed. That’s just a realistic fact. It’s not racial. I can’t be racial. Some people just take it the wrong way and that’s okay."

Needless to say, hoop fans and beyond have been destroying LaVar Ball, dragging him to hell and back for his comments. Here are several ways how the internet is ripping him apart.

  1. Let LaVar's Comments Soak In For A second

    Yes ... he really said that.

  2. But Mr. Ball ... those 3 white guys had a better game against Kentucky than Lonzo did

    Did he check the box score?

  3. Are there bigger ramifications to LaVar's comments?

    Hmm ...

  4. People Came For Lonzo because of his dad's statement

    As talented as Lonzo is, you can't help but think that he's going to be targeted by players in the NBA because of all his pop's over-the-top statements.

  5. And Then There's The Fact That Lonzo is Half White

    Welp.

  6. Celtics Fans Are Like ...

    Is LaVar familiar with them?

  7. One person got petty with LaVar over his grammar

    Ha!

  8. Food For Thought or Nah?

    We guess ...

  9. One person took a page right out of the 'Chappelle's Show' Racial Draft Skit In Saying ...

    Good grief!

  10. White Jazz All-Star Gordon Hayward Might Wanna See Lonzo on the court over lavar's words

    Oh lord!

  11. Your Thoughts On This?

    How many more controversial statements is Mr. Ball going to make between now and this summer, when Lonzo gets drafted?

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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