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Sports dad LaVar Ball is shipping his sons LiAngelo, left, and LaMelo off to Lithunia to play for a pro basketball team. LaVar announced the decision on Instagram.com last night.

“LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are Officially Professional Basketball Players,” he wrote under images of his sons signing pro contracts.

The news comes a week after LiAngelo, 18, dropped out of UCLA after the school suspended him indefinitely for stealing a pair of expensive Louis Vuitton sunglasses in China in November.

LaVar denied sports writer Jason Whitlock‘s report that LiAngelo stole the glasses after his credit card was declined.

LaVar pulled his youngest son, 16-year-old LaMelo, out of high school because he wasn’t happy with the coach. Neither Ball brother were considered to be NBA prospects like their older brother, L.A. Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, 20.

Lithuania is not exactly a tourist destination. The team is broke and tickets to a game cost $5 (or about what a JAY-Z concert ticket costs).

According to ESPN, the LIthuanian team “plays in a 1,700-seat arena; 500 of those seats are reserved for team sponsors and their friends. Tickets cost around 5 euros. The team has no general manager and doesn’t practice regularly due to the poor financial situation.”

Additionally, the coach’s son is considered the best player on the Lithuanian team.

 

  • Soon2BWife

    Good, 2 down one to go……

  • Phillybruh

    My cousin has been playing over seas for about 2 years, he makes about 200g a yr. Nothing to sneeze at.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Good for them. Overseas players make lots of money.

  • You Could Never

    I called this a year ago when this fool first started his shit. When the OLDEST boy was still at UCLA. If he didnt STOP…they ALL are going to end up playing overseas for PENNIES. Now look.

  • iWasteTime

    or about what a JAY-Z concert ticket costs
    ———————-
    Why I love him and he the GOAT!
    Took the middle man riiiight out the equation.
    How you scalping $10 3rd tier seats? You’re not … lol

  • SpillyNillie

    He has done these boys a huge disservice

  • puppylove

    Someone get Sandra a currency conversion. €5 does not equal $5

  • You Could Never

    LaVar pulled his youngest son, 16-year-old LaMelo, out of high school because he wasn’t happy with the coach.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    Not unhappy with the teachers. Not his circle of friends. Not the school administration. Not the lunch lady OR the janitor. The fukkin COACH. This speaks volumes.

  • Latisaj

    Lavar Ball is the Joe Jackson of Basketball!!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    cost $5 (or about what a JAY-Z concert ticket costs).
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    The shade of it all.

    The first action that has he has taken that I can say I definitely disagree with. Education should come first. Removing the 16 yr old from high school, for any reason unrelated to academics, is ignorant in my opinion.

    Reminds me of the saying: Cutting off your nose to spite your face. I expected a little more strategy

  • You Could Never

    https://www.oanda.com/currency/converter/

    What I used to use when I was converting stupid ass Peruvian Sols to Polish Zloty’s at old gig

  • Phillybruh

    Maybe Sonya Norwood. Joe Jackson is what all parent/managers hope to be…lol

  • Li

    Those boys don’t look happy. I keep getting the feeling that dad is emotionally abusive towards his boys…..and what about mom? Doesn’t she have a say in anything?

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Everyone making horrible decisions in this family!! The sons are going to regret making they father manager

  • You Could Never

    Joe had a son to grow up to be one of the greatest entertainers of all time. And a daughter who is damn close. Far as basketball these cats are at the lowest rung there is of basketball-ness.

  • Ni Ni

    Did the dad play in the NBA?

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I say he the Stebie To joseline

  • Darkandlovely617?

    Mom is recovery from a stroke

  • You Could Never

    I think even Steebie would let Jose stay in her ESL classes…IJS

  • You Could Never

    This team has complaints from players recently that they havent been paid in months. The team is flat broke. This is as low as you can go, other than Intramural basketball or a pick up game at your local YMCA

  • Phillybruh

    I didn’t say this team was a good team, I said my cousin has been playing overseas. I think these kids have a bad manager. But there is money to be made playing basketball in other countries.

  • Latisaj

    True, but my comparison was to the father not the children!!

  • puppylove

    Then he is the Dina Lohan of basketball.

  • Latisaj

    That’s a little much… Yeah he produced some awesome entertainers and that’s where the story ends..

  • Phillybruh

    Joe knew what he was doing.

  • Phillybruh

    No it doesn’t. His whole family eats off the decisions that he made 50 yrs ago as a manager.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    no. Wasn’t good enough for that. Barely played some college ball.

  • You Could Never

    Now this I agree with

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    I get his passion as a father for his children to succeed, but he is taking it too far. I think he will regret some of this later. Parents who try to live through their kids can create some sad stories.

  • hottlanta

    I can see Dump right now adding these countries to the travel ban to keep them out.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    So funny. Comment of the day.

  • Look@m3

    Lawd!

  • Renee26

    Bingo

  • Blaque Mahogany

    This K Michelle album is good.

    Did Sandra Rose review it? I have been in and out the last few days– I’m not in the loop.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    “?It’s not about the money for the Ball Brothers”
    ____________________
    Maybe it’s not about the money for you Mr. Ball. You have lived your life and now know that money isn’t everything. But those boys want some money and yes, it IS about money to them. Most kids play ball in school with hopes of going to the NBA. Now that is all thrown away thanks to you. Try listening to your kids for a change. I hope they are happy. They do not deserve this. They should still be in school playing ball with their friends and enjoying life.

  • MookieFly

    Aww I feel bad for them. Shipped off to a foreign country like mail order brides. They not exactly cute, but the older one can stay with me. I got Frito Lays brand chips and Mtn Dew. I’ll even let ya borrow my glasses so you wouldn’t have to steal none. Wouldn’t have to deal with that crazy father anymore or stank ass Listerineia

  • Renee26

    Every time she gets better he makes her sick again

  • Waya Hedia

    What is the average salary for a basketball player in Lithuania?

    Answered by The WikiAnswers® Community

    Answers.com® is making the world better one answer at a time.

    750 Euro

  • Renee26

    DEAD

  • Kim’s Original Face

    so wait did the youngest one finish school or no?

    Something aint right in the milk here. I feel like he forcing his son to sign up for this because he knows he ruined his chances at playing ball here. damn shame

  • Ni Ni

    What was his profession before he started running his boys careers?

  • Renee26

    LMAO

  • Darkandlovely617?

    I lol’d – even though I know you’re serious ?????

  • You Could Never

    SO you dont have to steal none. I just snorted so damn loudly

  • NeverSurprised

    And he wouldn’t even let his sons visit her when she was first hospitalized. He has the whole family petrified of him.

  • NeverSurprised

    ?????

  • Boonella

    He is being home schooled.

  • MookieFly

    I just saw he was 18. Nevermind. I retract my offer ??

  • Renee26

    Slave Driver

  • NeverSurprised

    I don’t know about that. He beat those boys pretty badly. Had all his kids hating themselves so much they couldn’t wait to get under the knife to slice half their noses off. I think he left some pretty deep emotional scars on all of them.

  • cherrypie

    I think they are all adorable… middle one is a thief tho smh – i hate a loud mouth nigg* tho

  • Renee26

    LMAO

  • Blue

    Can’t even afford a chair for them to sit in when they sign or no?

  • You already know ?

    Very sad ????

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Good!!! Do what’s good for your kids.

  • You Could Never

    WAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT they had a reality show?

    https://www.facebook.com/ballinthefamily/

  • NeverSurprised

    *dead*

  • You already know ?

    Hell Nawl..his old yellow teeth Azz didn’t play no N.B.A…Ball ????

  • cherrypie

    Is he gonna sell shoes to them folks in Lithuana tho??

  • klwbaby

    Daddy ball is lying when he said it’s not about money. Why would they charge so much for their shoes. Which they can barely afford to buy if they didn’t own the company.

  • Renee26

    Isn’t that Euro? It’s $5.87 today

  • Jay

    “It’s not about the money”. Means they ain’t getting paid.

  • cherrypie

    It’s quite obvious who runs their house. They mama aint gonna say sh*t

  • shay2shaymd

    LMAO at what a JayZ ticket costs. Just Wrong

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    The mom recently stroked out after having lived with LaVar’s potato head for all of these years.

  • MsPam

    I hope the sons grow some balls ( no pun intended) and tell their father to get a damn life!

  • Lyndsie

    Did they find out what the laws are for stealing over there?

  • chaisun

    I don’t quite understand all the hate towards a black man being a father and supporting his kids and family. I just don’t get it, because he’s not being passive or passive to white media and commentators he’s somehow the bad guy.

  • Phillybruh

    But are they hungry?

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Congrats to the boys but damn they don’t look happy they look as if they are signing their souls away or something. Either way the dad may be a tad bit too involved but he is a proud parent and happy for his children’s success.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    This made me chuckle LOLOLOLOL

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    No, they’re smelling steaks with those new noses, lol.

  • TMW

    He’s using the “professional basketball player” very loosely. And I guess we know education is only a means to an end. Sad.

  • Well$$Well$$?

    Something about Lavar Ball grinds my gears. He just strikes me as a$$hat. Something tells me the sons signing with this team is about Lavar Ball and what he wants. Doesn’t really have anything to do with them at all. It’s about him. Hopefully they wont wake up 10 years from now and realize they’re living his dreams and not theirs..

  • TMW

    About $700 American dollars a month.

  • cherrypie

    Right! After all them years of that, I prolly would have stroked out too

  • https://www.instagram.com/nymagee/ Ny MaGee

    I bet they are miserable… unhappy and emotionally abused.

  • https://www.instagram.com/nymagee/ Ny MaGee

    “Something tells me the sons signing with this team is about Lavar Ball and what he wants.”==> YES.

  • samuel severino

    He averaged 18pts his senior year. Transferred from WSU after his freshman year where he averaged 2.2pts but that coach did not like his team scoring more than 50pts. The leading scorer on his teams were always around 11pts.

    DO some research instead of just repeating what everyone else says.

  • Latisaj

    Eating and substance are two different things, a pig will eat way beyond being full.. I’m still eating from decisions my grandmother made 50+ years ago so if it comes down to eating anyone can pull a chair up to the table that’s not hard at all!!

  • Truth

    FACTS

  • hottlanta

    I remember this interview that Serena had with a reporter and Richard was behind the scene. Look at see that Richard didn’t care if he was on television or not. He wanted to make sure that his girls were respected. That is why even though he has 2 champions the tennis association is slow to acknowledge his greatness. He didn’t care. They do Joe Jackson the same way. Pissed off because black folks got generational wealth money not working at the post office money and they can’t get credit for their success. Don’t wanna give him credit for creating a dynasty because he protected his kids. Ball is doing the same thing protecting his kids and their financial dynasty. So what if dad is loud and obnoxious and folks don’t like it. Like he cares. Michael Jordan left the Bulls because the back office was making all the money and he made his money in endorsements. He ain’t picked up a ball in years and still making money off endorsements.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ_Dgnn437o

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    https://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/players/lavar-ball-1.html
    This is enough for me right here. Have a good day.

  • Bossy704

    These young men are pawns in their fathers narcissistic need to “win”. I wonder what they really want to do with their lives? Hard to believe any privileged young man would sincerely want to move to Lithuania. The solution could have been transfer to another school and focus on your studies…shame by the time they are able to think for themselves they are going to hate their father and be extremely damaged individuals.

  • Renee26

    This was a good example of a father demanding respect for his children…Joe disrespected his children and wife and was abusive which is why people dislike him. Lavar is also abusive and that’s why people don’t like him. I haven’t heard of any abuse from Serena and Venus’ daddy though

  • NeverSurprised

    No, because they are living off of handouts from their nearly 90-year-old mother.

    “As of last year, Katherine allegedly was paying $12,000 a month to Jermaine, $7,000 a month to Rebbie, $30,000 a month to La Toya and $9,850 a month for a Los Angeles house where some of her grandkids live, the (court) filing states.”

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.nydailynews.com/amp/entertainment/katherine-jackson-pays-60g-kids-lawsuit-article-1.3157828#ampshare=http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/katherine-jackson-pays-60g-kids-lawsuit-article-1.3157828

    When 60+ year olds still need to be supported by their mother, something is wrong.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Can we please have another post Sandra!

  • MsPam

    LaVar is like a fat pageant mother who wants to live their lives through his children.

  • You Could Never

    I have. His current wife said he beat her. He cheated on their mom and was suspected of beating her too.

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/tennis-duos-dad-was-suspected-abuse-0

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Tink Tink

    Its funny because it sounds like something that Trump would do and post on twitter the day of their first game, lol

  • taurus_32

    Yup they’re on Season 2 ?

  • You Could Never

    Michael Jordan left the Bulls because the back office was making all the money and he made his money in endorsements.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Mike left the Bulls bc he was and still is a huge gambler. David Stern the acting NBA commissioner at the time said he can leave and make it look like a “retirement” as punishment… or face sanctions, possibly a lifetime ban (which would have saw him never as being able to coach OR ownership of a team) for betting against his own sport ala Pete Rose.

  • You Could Never

    My fellow Taurus. Why you aint TELL me?

  • CrunchyBlack1

    worst thing a black man, with black or mixed male children is to set them up with a life of zero accountability, pseudo white privilege and arrogance. I’m sure they turn out just fine..tuh!

  • Jack Blakk

    I wanna believe they’re signing these contracts to get the hell away from Lavar’s shenanigans!

  • hottlanta

    All that money that he alone was making for the city of the Chicago was going into the owners pocket. When I saw how much they were paying him it was crazy. He made more money off his endorsements than what he was making in playing basketball.

  • Phillybruh

    Its her money to do as she wishes and if that is what she wants to do then it shall be done. If MJ didn’t tie the brothers up in contracts they could have been touring as the Jackson 5 long before he died but he liked them dependent. As for Latoya, they absolutely should be taking care of her as she was just brought along into this.

  • taurus_32

    I think they could have made more money separately but LaVar wanted them to play together. And this is the only team that would accommodate LaVars demands.

  • hottlanta

    Can’t have 8 kids in a 2 bedroom/1 bath house and not whup someone’s azz. Hell I got 2 kids and had to whup their azz. I bet Joe never had to go and get them boys outta jail or caught in some drug house when they were kids.

  • You Could Never

    I heard you the first time. However, Michael Jordan’s first, original retirement when he went to go play baseball for the minor league ass Birmingham Barrons…was not based on how much he was or was not making. It was based on his gambling habit and betting against his own sport

  • SumthinSweeter

    ? U r on an a roll today!

  • CrunchyBlack1

    hopefully they dont gotta keep rocking fake mall kiosk watches, tryna keep up with that faux bbb lifestyle.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Lord, we still in here with these mulatto children…

  • Jay

    Slave wages. he could have kept that announcement to himself.

  • Bonita

    Based on the price of those ticket sales, I don’t know if this warrants a congratulations or condolences. I’d rather struggle financially in a country I’m familiar with than in a foreign land.

  • hottlanta

    And you gonna hear it again and again. Why you trying to act like if someone says something you don’t like you take it personally. I don’t recall ever having a chat board overseer that get upset and act as if they gonna take someone to the woodshed for several lashes if they don’t comply. To my understanding the series Underground has been cancelled and I can now go to DC to the new AA Museum if I wanted to see some slave shackles.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i read Birmingham Burritos, smh…. i’m either greedy or legally bline, smh

  • hottlanta

    I can’t.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    HOLLERING!!!!!!!!!
    that’s races!!!!! LOL!

  • Bonita

    Who in their right mind would volunteer their kids to play poverty basketball in a foreign land? Nobody but their delusional daddy. If neither boy was an NBA prospect, I doubt they’re going to do that much reviving to Lithuania’s team. If I’m insane enough to volunteer my kids to be poor, it’s going to be in a country I’m familiar with. U.S. poverty doesn’t look the same as Lithuanian poverty.

  • hottlanta

    Is biracial a racial step up or down in the race definition codes than mulatto.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    is he doing this to make a point? was he hoping to start a bidding war here in the States? do they speak the language? are they gonna live with the coach and his son? i hope these are seasonal contracts and not for two, shree years. i think i feel sorry for these boys, smh

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    you got me *shrug*
    i look like a reg niggra, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    “poverty basketball”
    that’s exactly what it sounds like to me!

  • PLEASEDontTellMe
  • WutizaGRANNY!

    He worst than them pageant moms..

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Damn..when the facts punch you in the face

  • Oh Tommie

    If it’s not about the money, then why not stay in school?… especially the 16 year old

  • Mec-One

    Wrak shot at Jay ………. smh

  • hottlanta

    With all of these labels/titles inquiring minds wanna know. I was reading that in my granny voice as if they are getting on our last nerves and they need to go somewhere and sit down somewhere. Gon on way frum here.

  • KHJ2016

    Venus and Serina have a very strained relationship with their father, so what does that say?

  • MistaO

    Wishing them much success!

  • hottlanta

    Dump gonna be pretty busy getting U.S. citizens out of jail. Read this morning that 2 white guys drug dealers in a Thailand jail escaped this morning. One got caught and they looking for the other one.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    “Scat!”
    *throws wash basin full of cold water on ’em*

    Lol!

  • hottlanta

    Go on out thar and gets a switch. Don’t brang one of them baby branches up in here either

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    I def got that vibe from him and havent spent one second with him.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Yes Yes Yes!!!!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Bonita

    LOL

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    they not hungry, but their food not gonna ever taste right ’cause they can’t smell right with them new noses, LOL!

    j/k… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a16feb7886870b58e876a7ffc6b264e7419e743bb55ec579123b82d4a427799.gif

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    *hangs head*
    we got one, smh

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NeverSurprised

    Then you admit the only reason they are “eating” is because their elderly mother is still feeding them, not because of anything Joe has done.

    Joe did such a horrible job as both father and manager that all of his children ended up firing him and distancing themselves from him personally.

    Today, they are living off of Michael’s bones. That money Katherine is giving them is money that MICHAEL alone provided for her. How would any of them (other than Janet) live if not for Michael’s generosity to his mother? Those lazy ass adults should have gotten jobs years ago. And Latoya can work just like every other able-bodied adult.

  • NeverSurprised

    ??????

  • You Could Never

    Bc you make shit up in your head and spout it as if it is truth. Just bc YOU believe it, doesnt make it true. If he left the damn Bulls so you say, for NOT getting the money that you swear the front office was getting vs him….why on EARTH would he go and swing a bat for the Birmingham Barrons for 15k a season? Like that makes ZERO sense. You might be in the starting stages of dementia boo boo. Seek help. Take a few supplements. Something.

  • hottlanta

    I don made you mad. Who you gonna call your white Save-A-Negro and City of Detroit Eminem
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9cT_fzYtlo

  • Scorpiess

    Lithuania. Slightly better than … Papua New Guinea … I guess

  • taurus_32

    Hey! And my bad didn’t think anyone cared about the ball family.

  • hottlanta

    Pageant mom have gave made room for GoFundMePage moms. Stick a kid on Facebook put an onion under their noses to make them cry and watch the money roll in. Still don’t understand why confederate flag mom is not in jail for doing her son like that.

  • Phillybruh

    The brothers actually tour as the Jackson 5 something they were not able to do because MJ had them signed too his label and they were not freed from it until his death. The only two he didn’t sign were Tito and Janet ( for obvious reason). So if your brother tied you up in contracts for years which didn’t allow you to earn a living said brother has an obligation to you even after death. And we don’t know how that trust is set up and MJ set up that money to be provided. His mother just controls it.

  • Jen_no_juice

    ?the shade in this post lol

  • Chuck

    These lame birds can’t dominate the USA game, so they go and play overseas where they’ll probably dominate. Good call!

  • You Could Never

    Im not mad. And yep I love Em. You were mad bc you asked what did he do for his community and we told you again and again and again. Trying to help your short term memory the fukk out. Its like fonting to a brick wall with you

    http://sandrarose.com/2017/11/new-music-eminem-ft-beyonce-walk-water/

  • Guess Who

    ….so fuk his 16 year old son’s education….and agree for his kid to travel across the world to play ball, huh?

    SMMFH.

    BTW…SANDRA CAN’T STOP the shade, lol!
    Lithuania is not exactly a tourist destination. The team is broke and tickets to a game cost $5 (or about what a JAY-Z concert ticket costs).

  • Carla

    I thought the same thing. From what the Lithuanian law is saying, depending on the value of what’s stolen, a slap on the wrist of a fine or community is the punishment, at the minimum.

    See Article 17 rgarding theft. http://www.lithuanialaw.com/lithuanian-criminal-code-495

  • Renee26

    I’m all for ass whoopings….what I’ve heard about was worse than the average ass whooping. Mental and emotional abuse walk hand and hand with control….Both the Jackson and the Ball fathers have shown the public red flags of that type of treatment at minimum and outside of rumors.

  • Renee26

    Sad ….but typical behavior or narcissistic control freaks

  • Renee26

    Oh, father Ball is down for paying fines….that’s the perfect place for the thieving one

  • VM

    Oh I remember this.

  • You Could Never

    Bloop. You said that THERE. I agree

  • You Could Never

    And nobody could figure out why he would retire fresh off a championship win, in the middle of building a dynasty, in his playing prime. Came out later, as huge widespread banter, that it was a suspension for a few years as punishment for the bets against basketball he did. Not no damn retirement and surely not over no money or gripe with the Bulls org.

    She doesnt recall bc she went to school with Harriet Tubman and is getting on up there in years memory wise.

  • Candance

    I believe his wife isn’t doing well and he wanted her to see their dreams come true. You never know what peoples motives are, but sometimes they are way deeper then what appears on the surface.

  • Candance

    US Education is not the best… sometimes you have to take the opportunities. Life’s short!

  • country57

    That was shade on top of shade!! :):)

  • Ni Ni

    I can believe it ?.

  • Candance

    I really think it is so his wife see’s their dreams come true.

  • country57

    Thinking the same, “what is THEIR dream?””

  • Guess Who

    …nah.

  • hottlanta

    Can’t let it go can ya. You been losing sleep at night and everything because I am not gonna act the way you want me to act and say what you want me to say. I stand by what I said. That was weeks ago and you been waiting on your chance to say something to me. Stop trying to use me to elevate your level of importance. You are addicted to chaos. I hope you don’t jump outta the bushes like George Zimmerman when I go home tonight because you so hell bent on being right. It was not that serious. Stop trying to use me as a target for your low self esteem. It is just a chat board and you acting as if you going for a trophy or something. it ain’t that deep. You act like the kid who lost the game but want a trophy for participation anyway.

  • hottlanta

    Lots of kids have strained relationships with their parents and it has nothing to do with sports.

  • You Could Never

    lmaooo.

  • Ni Ni

    Smh, a mess?

  • hottlanta

    if some parents took away the child cellphone and computer some people will call that abuse. Sometimes as parents we can’t win.

  • JENNYJONES1

    YES SHE HAS A SEVER STROKE THAT MESSED UP HER RIGHT SIDE AND NOW WALKS WITH A CANE REGARDLESS HE IS TOTALLY ‘FKCUING UP HIS SON’S FUTURE AND CAREERS. HE SEEMS LIKE A BULLY AND THEY WERE PROBABLY TOO SCARED TO SAY NO………….JENNY JONES!!!

  • klwbaby

    I didn’t know this was the reason he retired. I thought he retired because of his daddy getting killed and he lost the desire to play ball.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Can you imagine spending any significant amount of time with that loud Negro yelling in your good ear?

  • Bonita

    Really? Something tells me she’s not allowed to think for herself, let alone have dreams. I think this is moreso the dream he wasn’t good enough on the court to accomplish; therefore he’s controlling his kid’s dreams so that he can live vicariously through them.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Uh-oh… I’m not a basketball aficionado but this seems like career suicide to me… Lithuania?!?!? Poor boys are going to be crying and begging to get back to the United States. The food alone will have them defying their father…

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!! YOU CRAZY!!!!!! LOLLOLLOL!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Gon on way frum here.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    This is exactly what my granny said to a 6ft 250 lb. man who was walking behind her — and she meant it too!!! Guess what??? He got frum ‘roun her too. Made sure to walk in front of her just like she told him!!! LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!

  • OP2

    Lithuania is in Europe and one of the toughest BB teams. They gave the US a run for a money one year during the Olympics. -smart move on Lavar’s part. Don’t let schools and coaches with a chip on their shoulder due to a personal vendetta dictate and control your destiny.

    All the boys were Honor Students and 4.0’s GPAs. That speak volume. The one who got in trouble was carrying all A’s while in college. -the youngest is being homeschooled via hired tutors and online classes to help him finish his final 2yrs for a legitimate High School Diploma with a real High School.

    I’ve seen a number of kids homeschool who perform well on the ACT/SAT and move on to IVYs and top ranked colleges. -because they are able to focus on the course that matters most which prepares them for testing and performing well in colleges. ijs

  • OP2

    What some Black folks are not aware of: just like a number of reputable traditional public & private schools are offering some of their college degree programs online, the same goes for some High Schools.

    -Lavar already said that the boy was being homeschooled like a number of wealthy people. He has hired college-educated tutors to teach him the High School subjects and an online High School where he completes courses and exams that leads to a real High School Diploma and Graduation Day with the rest of the classes on campus.

  • Trace da Ace

    lmao!!! I know…..Sandra had to put some shade on it……and I agree with your post 100%…education should be #1…..

  • OP2

    Eh, they were not allowed to play due to politics. One for having his own shoe/brand which violates NCAA rules and make him ineligible to play in college. The youngest was also removed from high school to be homeschooled because of issues with the coaches who had a vendetta against the father.

    Then, they have the middle son who was a 4.0 GPA like the brothers, but got himself suspended indefinitely from UCLA for getting into trouble in a foreign country.

    -this contract & 1yr move to a foreign country is about allowing the Balls Brothers to continue developing their skills & talent by playing PRO basketball elsewhere. Their hands are tied for now in the US. Talk about taking back control over one’s destiny. This is the move. ijs

    Let’s not forget, Lithuania gave the US a close call one year during the Olympics. They are a TOUGH team. So, it will really test the boys skills and make them better. -ole Lavar is a lot smarter than folks thinks. ;)

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    girl i do though, LOL… ain’t nothing ‘exotical’ about me, ROFL!!!

  • OP2

    Yet, they are one of the most Europe’s top ranked teams overseas and almost beat the US during BB Olympics one year. -you recall that scare??!! ijs.

  • OP2

    Poverty BB? Get the facts!! You do realize that a number of American athletes play professional basketball overseas and make a good living, eh?

    Um, they are being paid way more than college BB would pay their teams combined. -this is about not wasting those boys time sitting out of practice for a year and sharpening their talents & BB skills by playing with and against other professional players.

  • TheOwley

    So the team has no regular practices, no funding, no manager, and Lavar is sending his kids to the Russian front. Why? Maybe he’s going to hire himself as the new GM, fire the coach, and coach his kids himself. I can hear the Lakers cheering him: Go Lavar, go.

  • Candance

    She is recovering, but I hear not great and their dream was to make their kids successful, basketball happened to be it and he is going to allow her to see it!

  • Candance

    I so disagree! She had a severe stoke! she is in recovery. He is not fucking up their future… They are all pro players. Just because he is over the top to you he is probably normal to them! Dont hate just watch!!!!

  • Bonita

    The article isn’t about a number of American athletes who play basketball overseas and the type of living they make. The article is about these boys signing to Lithuania’s basketball team, and according to this article, the team is broke. Now, unless you know something about the salary of Lithuania’s basketball team that the person who stated these claims in this article don’t, I stand by my comment.

  • joel adams

    Lawd hammercy

  • Bonita

    Based upon the little research I just did, the Lithuanian basketball club they’ll be playing for, Prienu Vytautas, doesn’t usually exceed $500 per month for players of that level of competition. But in the case of these Ball boys, they MAY make at most $4k a month. That ain isht! Like I said, poverty basketball.

  • Lady_Elle

    Good points! Time will tell!
    I like the idea that he went around the system.
    Its a gamble!

  • OP2

    Exactly! He took control & went around the system. -hopefully, the gamble will pay off and opens doors for others. ;)

  • OP2

    What was he getting per month running up & down court for UCLA? What was the 92pt scoring in a single game youngest one getting for eventually being shafted by a coach during his junior year in high school who has a vendetta against the father?

    Their father announced 2wks ago, that they will not be over there playing for $$$. This is about not having them sit around the house moping instead of sharpening their BB skills to market their talent down the road. How do you putting them in an ideal settings where that can be down given all the politics trying to control them here in the US?? –overseas where they have their own laws & rules. ;)

    They will be playing against other professional BB playing Americans over there also on foreign teams to really test them and help them get their skills up. -this build stats to market back to the US.

    Look at the Asians, Russians, Greeks, Africans & Europeans who got their starts playing on those foreign professional teams but are now in the US leading their teams?? -wake up and see the bigger picture. ijs

  • Meme

    Lithuania….I always thought that and Romania where like the European equivalent of Haiti (no offence any Haitians) seems like daddyis issuing punishment (the look on their faces as they sign the contracts lol)…Some people send their kids to their room when their being disrespectful he sends his to Lithuania lol seems like he’s cutting his nose to spite his face but I’m sure he knows what he’s doing he’s pretty savvy

  • BloodBlood

    Is this a punishment?

  • OP2

    There father said weeks ago that he needed to find a professional team overseas for them to play together and skill build playing with and against other professionals for a year or two to create personal stats and a profile that they can market back to the US.

    -at that time, Lavar had already announced that this is not about $$$ for him, but about the fact that politics are trying to shut down & ruin his sons by keeping them from playing.

    Lavar, using his wits, found a way around politics aka ‘the system’ where his suspended Son is now playing instead of being controlled by a school who could not answer how long is indefinitely. -his youngest can’t play college BB because his shoe deal & signing with an agent violated NCAA rules where he is no longer consider an average student.
    –Things to that would have kept them from moving forward.

  • hottlanta

    I bet she had a high pitch in that voice that was worse than a gun. NO ma am they didn’t play that.

  • NeverSurprised

    They say the coach is the “LaVar Ball of Lithuania” — he yells, screams, acts a fool during games, and his son is on the team. It is going to be a real trainwreck. He and LaVar will probably get into a televised fistfight by the 3rd game. Then he’ll snatch the boys off the team and bring them back to the states.

  • NeverSurprised

    “The one who got in trouble was carrying all A’s while in college.”
    ———–

    Wasn’t he only in college for two months? The semester started in Sept and LaVar pulled him out at the end if Nov. He wasn’t even there long enough to take his first midterms, so how was he pulling all A’s? Serious question.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    It’s leverage to the next step. Take note. No, I don’t agree with the father ignoring the alleged crime, but I do see the game of chess he’s playing. Folks say neither may never play in the NBA and that’s ok. As long as you can play in a league, it’s still playing. A lot of people don’t use opportunities as leverage. They’d rather sit around and wait for the better opp to come.

    I think with him having them play on an official league abroad, in a year or two, one or both will be able to go to another country and perhaps do CBA in the states.

  • hottlanta

    Glad I did go to school with Harriet Tubman at least I had the luxury to have sex with quality men like Frederick Douglass. The best yall can do is Lil Wayne. When we had sex the only thing I had to worry about was getting a boil weevil outta my azz. Now if you cough after having sex you dead. Yep those were the good ole days.

  • Bonita

    Don’t get it twisted, I would like to see them win. I’m a “big picture looker,” but a tremendous part of bringing that picture to fruition entails evaluating all the risks involved and how to mitigate those risks. So now you have one son who’s a high school dropout, and isn’t done developing off the court, which in essence impacts growth on the court, and another who possibly could’ve gone to the NBA had he stayed at UCLA and reached a level of athletic potential that could’ve opened those NBA doors. And if not, then he could’ve gone overseas with more of a chance of being one of the highest paid athletes over there. But due to his daddy’s pride, stubborness, and his track record of quitting when things didn’t go his way (I did my homework on LaVar’s history), he’ll never know where destiny would’ve led him. Because that destiny wasn’t allowed to happen naturally due to his dad’s interference. Both of them boys better go over there and murder the sport. And in doing so, they’d better hope that they don’t sustain any injuries. Because if they don’t deliver overseas, any potential options they could have in the states are a wrap. LaVar is teaching his kids that it’s okay not to finish what you start, which just continues the cycle of poor choices. And you see how far those choices got him in his career. A bunch of nowhere.

  • Evillene

    Shameful. He forfeit a UCLA degree to play for a team where he will never be heard from again. That father is a moron.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I don’t doubt the boys are smart. My point is playing in Lithuania doesn’t seem to be a lucrative career move. Most European ball players seem to be trying to get to the US for the prestige and the big bucks…

  • Bonny

    Yeah, thanks Dad

  • OP2

    Again, they reported that this strategy is only for 1yr or 2 at best. This is not long-term. It is strategizing since they are disqualifying from playing in the NCAA. That move will allow the boys to grow and sharpen their skills while building talent at “a professional level.” -at the same time, this allows them to build a profile with BB statistics that they can showcase and hopefully market later for more serious contracts. Otherwise, it would be a done deal for them.

    I applaud their father and others in their circle for using their heads to come up with a sound or viable plan which allows those boys to navigate their current situation and overcome their predicament -this priceless and sooo Not about the little $$$.

    If this plays out well, Lavar might have made history and set a benchmark on how to outsmart such politics to regain control over one’s life & destiny. I think I can really see what he is trying to do here. ;)

  • OP2

    Since when is being homeschooling with private tutors considered a dropout? With all the dysfunctional BS liberals are peddling & pushing on students, a number of parents welcoming those School Choice Vouchers to find good private schools or opt to homeschool their children.

    -just like most colleges or universities offering online degree programs, the same is happening with High Schools which are offering real virtual classrooms and accredited courses adding up to a real high school diploma. Those kids are also able to walk on Graduation Day with other campus students.

    Homeschooling also allows students to start taking transferrable college credit courses online via their accredited community colleges. -homeschoolers are often ahead of the game and score well on the ACT/SAT which allows them to qualify for IVYs & top-tier competitive universities.

  • OP2

    Lavar might be a bad example. That I agree with. However, Black folks complain that Black athletes are being pimped & used to enrich coaches, staff & schools while they are trapped. Lavar sees through that. Shaq & others finished their college education or degrees online. Meanwhile they were making millions. ijs

    Everyone bragged [and not complained] about the likes of Kobe who was homeschooled & went straight to the Pros. There are also others who were a 1yr and done. Now, they are now Hall of Fame legends making million$.

    What about the leading Tech Billionaires who dropped out of their IVY League schools because their talent & vision could not be taught by a school? -notice how the world now depend on their technology and social media creation (aka talent)??

  • ?Royalty?

    Those names are atrocious. ?

  • PK

    Say it again!!!

  • OP2

    He already had midterms posted and finals were starting by the time he left school. He could have easily finished up via a tutor or online with a professor. He wasn’t allowed to suit up to practice & play, but he was still allowed to finish classes.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Great!! Now maybe Lavar can focus on an even bigger issue he’s been dodging for awhile, those school bus colored teeth of his.

  • OP2

    Pulled out at the end of Nov.. Some schools are done with finals by December 10th. -In addition to midterms grades and averages posted, most of us should certainly, know our averages (via test scores) by the time we’re at end of November.

    Perhaps, not withdrawing officially until December 10th allowed him to get his final grades in. -the contracts were signed yesterday, right? Strategizing going on there. lol

  • Bonita

    Listen, I don’t disagree with leaving school when you have millions on the table. It would be foolish not to. But these boys don’t have Kobe Bryant and Shaq offers on the table, both of which at the least graduated high school. But to pull a 16 year old kid out of high school to go make peanuts overseas, when he hasn’t even reached his full potential yet . . . no way! Again if there were millions on the table, absolutely go for it! Then to pull your kid out of UCLA who’s on full scholarship, because you feel he’s been punished enough? That’s ridiculous! Whether you are on or off a school’s campus or an employer’s premises when you display behaviour that isn’t representative of their ethical and moral policies, you still have to face that organizations consequences for misrepresenting that school or that employer’s brand and reputation. Certain behaviours can potentially leave a permanent stain which in turn can affect that businesses bottom line. Therefore there has to be consequences in place to deter bad behaviour. There’s no telling what kind of NBA prospects he could’ve had if he stuck around UCLA long enough. I just don’t believe this was a smart move. But we’ll see how it turns out.

  • Mrs. Asexual Elmo

    I feel like they are losing out.

  • LaksFan

    OP2 you sound like a spoke person for BBB because you wrote like a bunch of shit defending the father’s actions. LOL

  • Quitedeliteful

    Interesting… I hope their strategy works…

  • Bonita

    There’s 2 things I refrain from debating, politics and religion. But OP2 has caused me to add the Balls to that list.

  • VM

    That didn’t make much sense to me because as arrogant as he is, I know he wanted as many rings as he could get. The bulls were mopping the floor with their competition. Stern allowed for him to save face with that so called retirement because he was the NBA’S golden child. I read somewhere that his father’s death may have had something to do with his gambling debts. Have you ever heard of that?

  • Being bad is way more fun

    He put them on a no name team so they can be stars and make the team out to be champions. If it works it will be great !!!!!!

  • Mama

    And if it doesn’t work he has denied his sons the chance to have an essentially free education. This isn’t about the kids. This is about a father living his failed dreams through his kids. Kids by the way that have failed to live up to their daddies hype. He has yet to hold his sons accountable for anything and sets a HORRIBLE example for them.

  • Mama

    Say whatever you want but Europe is the graveyard for ballplayers. Most NBA players go there when their careers are OVER, not to start
    them. If Lavar thought those boys had an iota of a chance to be in the NBA, TRUST they wouldn’t be headed to Lithuania! His problem is his ego, and thinking he can bluff and BS his sons into greatness when it’s clear from his son’s collapse in the NCAA finals and bust in the NBA, the next one being a thief and the last one having no chance of being accepted at UCLA that none of them will live up to their daddies big mouth.

  • Mama

    Yeah. And his son can beat Steph Curry and he can beat MJ. He is full of HOT AIR. He can justify anything.

  • Mama

    Has nothing to do with hate and I so agree with JENNY JONES. He is an over bearing bully who is ding up his son’s future.

  • Mama

    There is no comparison between the Williams, Jacksons vs the Balls. Daddy Ball is a snake oil salesman. Venus, Serena and the Jacksons actually have PROVEN TALENT.

  • Mama

    Stop lying! When was he ever accused or convicted of that? What debt could he have that he couldn’t pay? And what fool ever would have her against the BULLS and MY during their heyday? Folks live a lie and a good conspiracy theory. FOH.

  • Mama

    Bet against

  • Mama

    Shut the hell up.Joe was a FATHER! He worked, put clothes on their backs, a roof over their head, shoes on their feet and food on the table from working an honest JOB. He also made time to help his kids hone the raw TALENT that took them all over the world. And back when folks actually took the time to raise their kids he spanked them when they needed it. You can”t raise 9 kids letting folks do what they want to do. Andy spanked Opie and Granny hit jethro.And kids turned out MUCH BETTER than these drive by heathens today.

  • Mama

    The media always paints the BLACK man as the monster. That was a hard working man that had a dream of seeing his kids have more than a life in a steel mill. When a BLACK man pushes his kids he’s abusive but when a white man does it the media calls it Camelot. Joe was no different than any other man raising his kids during that time period.

  • JENNYJONES1

    AMEN!!!! I ACTUALLY FEEL SORRY FOR THESE BOYS, ALL 3, BECAUSE THEIR DAD IS A TOTAL BULLY AND I’M SURE THEY ARE SCARED OF HIM AND AFRAID TO TELL HIM ‘NO’ OR HOW THEY REALLY FEEL.B/C THERE’S NO WAY IN HELL THESE YOUNG BOYS WANT TO QUIT SCHOOL, LEAVE THEIR FAMILY & FRIENDS AND GO TO A WACK FOREIGN COUNTRY TO PLAY BBALL AGAINST A BUNCH OF GROWN MEN THEY DON’T KNOW. HE HAS TAKEN AWAY THE REST OF THEIR CHILDHOOD ALL FOR HIS OWN FAME. SAD!!! HE’S A TOTAL LOSER IN MY EYES……..JENNY JONES!!!

  • Mama

    That’s a lie! Joe’s kids had talent. Lavar is a snake oil salesman. Joe helped produce the world’s greatest entertainer. And Lavar?

  • Mama

    THANK YOU! Comparing Lab at to Joe is an insult to Joe.

  • Mama

    Since when? It would be different jig they were former NBA stars. There are two unproven kids.

  • JENNYJONES1

    CBA??? NO YOUNG PLAYER PUTS IN WORK ON THE COURT, GIVES UP A PERSONAL LIFE TO FULFILL A DREAM OF PLAYING FOR THE CBA. GTFOH!!! PLAYERS DREAM OF PLAYING IN THE NBA B4 ANYTHING. MIMIC & SHAPE THEIR GAME AROUND MJ, KOBE, LEBRON NOT PEE WEE FROM THE CBA. EVEN THEIR DUMB A$$ DAD SAID HIS DREAM WAS FOR ALL 3 OF HIS SONS TO PLAY FOR THE LAKERS AT THE SAME TIME. HE’S KILLING THAT DREAM. HE WAS A LOSER PLAYER AND TRYING TO VALIDATE HIMSELF THROUGH HIS KIDS. HE’S A NARCISSIST AND THIS IS ALL ABOUT HIM NOT HIS BOYS WHO ARE SCARED OF THEIR BULLY DAD……….JENNY JONES!!!

  • Mama

    That’s a LIE. He spanked his kids. The other J5 members said their dad was strict but NOT ABUSIVE. Mike said that to get folks sympathy when those pedy allegations came out. He later said he understood his dad and knew his father loved him.

  • JENNYJONES1

    YES SHE IS IN RECOVERY WALKING WITH A CANE, HER HAIR IS SUPER SHORT AND HAS SOME PARALYZES ON HER RIGHT SIDE. AND PRO PLAYERS DOESN’T MEAN JACK ESP WHEN THEY HAVEN’T PLAYED A GAME OR YOU WERE PUSHED INTO A SITUATION B4 YOU WERE READY. NOW HIS 16 YR OLD HAS TO PLAY AGAINST GROWN MEN. WHICH IS RIDICULOUS EVEN FOR THE 18 YR OLD B/C THOSE GROWN MEN CAN BE A$$HOLES B/C THEY FEEL YOU’RE THERE TO TAKE THEIR SHINE OR JUST TO PROVE A POINT THAT U DON’T BELONG OR DESERVE TO BE THERE. YOU ONLY GET TO BE A KID ONCE AND THIS IS A LOT OF PRESSURE JUST TO HELP YOUR ‘NEVER COULD MAKE IT TO THE NBA’ DAD TRY TO VALIDATE HIMSELF AND LIVE HIS DREAMS VICARIOUSLY THROUGH YOUR TALENT. TIME WILL TELL AND I’M SURE LEAVING THEIR MOM WHILE SHE’S RECOVERING REALLY IS WHAT THEY WANT……….JENNY JONES!!!

  • Mama

    And so What? As cute as Mike was he initially needed his brothers to succeed. He did not make it on his own. What did prince, Paris and blanket contribute to the family? Folks need to STOP BEING CONCERNED ABOUT JACKSON MONEY. Are y’all keeping up with Graceland this much and who’s eating off Elvis? Cause I bet it’s more than lisa Marie.

  • Mama

    Why are you counting other folks money? Get some of your own and you won’t have time to worry about matters that don’t concern you. You’re just mad because you have to work and they don’t. Misery really does love company.

  • JENNYJONES1

    ROTFF!!!! IT ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE ONE OF THEM WAS WEARING HIS DAD’S OVERSIZED ROLEX TO FLEX FOR THE CAMERAS AT THE SIGNING………..JENNY JONES!!!

  • the guest

    LaVar Ball is an amazing father and a genius human being!

    He is ahead of his time.

    He is courageous enough to give his talented biracial sons an international worldview. Signing in Europe makes them beyond US ignorance, and the US black and US white prejudices and backlash against biracial people.

    His sons’ will have the immeasurable education of living in Lithuania, bilingual immersion, experiencing humane treatment, professionalism, professional training, and success. Living in Lithuania will evolve their socialization, personal relationships, and future marriage prospects.

    Congratulations LiMelo and LiAngelo! I wish these young men a world of success with their new team!

    I support the Ball family and the #BigBallerBrand.

  • the guest

    He is playing chess on a game bigger than the game. He is brand building and this man is a genius working overtime to secure his children’s future. He is redefining the game. This is a statement that US universities and US teams don’t define and determine his children’s worth and success. This is incredible leverage.

    As far as China, thank Trump for what? The reason all three boys were released was because LaVar Ball leveraged his biracial son’s privilege and refused to take his son home without the two African American boys. Trump piggy backed and postured. If it were three African American boys, they’d be in a Chinese prison and Trump would have left them there.

  • the guest

    THANK YOU!!!!

  • the guest

    AMEN!!!!

  • NeverSurprised

    You’re speculating. You don’t even know UCLA’s exam schedule, so I repeat — how do you know he had all A’s? When were his exam scores made public and by whom? Or are you just repeating LaVar’s bs hype?

  • You Could Never

    This is a statement that US universities and US teams don’t define and determine his children’s worth and success.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    BUUUUT less than a year ago he was running around here chest poked out about all 3 playing for UCLA and the oldest getting to the Lakers.

    Now that its not working out its they werent a great fit for us anyway fukk em. We dont need them.

    But okay.

  • You Could Never

    Yes. Im in NC. Where the Jordan fam is from. That is all I have ever heard. That James Jordan died due to the debts of his son. I used to work at the newspaper and an anon tip came in on the newsline back in 2005, with recepits that basically spelled it all out that never made the light of day bc the source stopped cooperating. Due to fear and intimidation.

  • Kayke

    They are home schooled.

  • LaksFan

    I don’t blame you. OP2 is just a damn super fan. LOL

  • the guest

    Brilliant Comment:

    “I applaud their father and others in their circle for using their heads to come up with a sound or viable plan which allows those boys to navigate their current situation and overcome their predicament -this priceless and sooo Not about the little $$$.

    If this plays out well, Lavar might have made history and set a benchmark on how to outsmart such politics to regain control over one’s life & destiny. I think I can really see what he is trying to do here.”

  • darealwifey

    There is nothing wrong with them playing in a league overseas IF THAT IS WHAT THE ***BOYS*** WANT TO DO! BUT!!!! Daddy seems to be calling all the shots…I’m sensing an acute case of J.J.S. (Joe Jackson Syndrome) with this guy. His sons are really too young (especially the 16 year old) to understand the full, life-long implications of the choices being made for them at this time. When they are 30 and 40 years old, this will either be the best or worst thing they could have done, but their dad is making life-changing decision for them, and I’m not sure that’s fair.

  • Renee26

    What you can do is crawl back up under the rock you came out from and stop commenting under my posts…you will not address ME like that!

  • Indies beauty

    Good for them, I wouldn’t pay .50 cents to see them play in the states. Happy they are getting at least 5 from someone else. Its a win for us all.

  • Gerome Wright

    Lavar Ball is an overbearing narcissistic bully that is living his failed hoop dreams through his sons.

    He has taken a trick or two from the Trump and Kardashian handbook that if you’re ignorant and loud enough someone will listen to your story and buy what you’re selling.

    He is a snake oil salesman and his sons are going to pay a heavy price for letting their dad lead them around by the nose. He is a HORRIBLE example of a father.

    He pulled one out of high school because the basketball coach wouldn’t allow him and his kid to run the team, then yanked the thieving middle boy out of college because he felt UCLA’s punishment for embarrassing the team on the international stage was too harsh.

    Now, he’s shipping them off to Lithuania to play because NO ONE ELSE WANTS THEM. I actually feel sorry that his boys are being taken advantage of by their own father. This is the life HE WANTS.

  • Gerome Wright

    All three were released because of CHINA … Lavar didn’t have shet to do with it. He’s lucky they aren’t in prison for life. He’s a buffoon and the only folks cheering him on are just as ignorant as him.

  • Gerome Wright

    Sorry yall, I don’t believe the media HYPE that Joe Jackson is the devil.

    He wasn’t no different than any other black man in the 50s/60s who raised their children and employed spankings when necessary to get the point across.

    You can’t raise 9 kids letting them do what the hell they want to do. Somebody has got to set the tone for right and wrong and back when
    men were the HEAD OF THEIR HOUSEHOLDS, that is how it was done.

    Joe may not of been perfect (no parent is) but he kept his kids off the street and helped them hone the raw talent that took them all over the world.

    He also married his children’s mother and stuck around to help her raise nine kids when a lot of men these days won’t stick around to
    raise one.

    I’ve visited 2300 Jackson Street in Gary and believe me, he pulled them negroes out the gutter.

    Michael started all this ish by proclaiming the “abuse” to Oprah in their infamous interview – which his brothers disputed, saying their dad was simply strict.

    But at the time, his stardom was on the wane after being accused of molesting lil’ boys and he (like a lot of other celebs in the 80s and 90s, Oprah, Roseanne Barr, etc.) jumped on the “abuse” bandwagon to get the sympathy vote from fans.

    I for one ain’t buyin’ it…especially coming from MJ, who LIED about bleaching his skin, LIED about abusing drugs and LIED about them
    kids being his.

    Far as I’m concerned, we need MORE Joe Jackson’s in the world. Men who actually MARRY their women; work a job (even if it is a hot azz steel mill) put food on the table; clothes on their children’s backs; keep them off the streets and not let them accept a second place talent show prize (tv)because he believed in them and wanted them to know that they were first place material.

    Why is it when ytes push their kids it ends up being called “Camelot” and when a black man pushes his we call him a mean, abusive,
    angry black man that should burn in hell?

    Or that the Yung Jocs and Scrappy’s of the world get plenty of adulation on reality shows for half-azz parenting and the Joe Jackson’s of the world are condemned (or not even shown)?

    Or that other cultures (who have raised some of the most demonic individuals society has ever seen) always have the best answers on
    raising kids?

    And by the way, toward the end of his life MJ drew closer to the very father he’d earlier condemned and said that he understood his father’s methods.

    In short, the world never would have seen the perfection MJ displayed if there hadn’t been a Joe pushing him every step of the way.

    Doesn’t make Joe perfect; but it doesn’t make a demon either.

  • OP2

    Geesh! Wondering how some Black folks are still alive or made it this far in life. Those responses often reflects coming from subpar or failing schools. It’s sad, but true. smh

    It is as simple as typing in: UCLA final exam schedule 2017. -I speak that which not…knowledge is not about speculating. Get with the facts!!

  • OP2

    By now, most of us know the difference between him just being funny or having a sense of humor (boasting with HOT AIR) to play the media which allows him to market his family. -his foolish tactics worked.

    People around the world know about Lavar and his boys. Therefore, folks are also being made aware of their BBB brand. He is college-educated and has peeped the media/marketing hollywood game. Everyday his antics have manipulated the media to report or talk about Lavar. ;)

  • OP2

    Just keep those responses in mind when we see the final outcome of their careers within the next 3 to 4yrs. -either your right or recall that responder was quite perceptive and way ahead of how the average person thinks. ijs

  • OP2

    The youngest kid is better player of the 3 boys. However, he cannot be accepted into playing on any college BB team because he now has a Shoe Brand. -that alone violates NCAA rules because you considered just an average (or regular) student.

    Now that both boys have hired an Agent & signed their first contract, they will never be eligible for college basketball. -so, their best bet is to figure out how to start playing on a professional level and re-market their skill building that way.

    You can’t build a BB profile & statistics playing street ball which was their current situation. Therefore, playing professional BB overseas is their best bet now for overcoming the politics is currently blocking them from any efforts here in the US. -we’ll see the outcome of their strategy soon enough. ijs

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    You missed the point of what I wrote. If the Lituania “professional” team is as bad as everyone’s making it out to be, then yes, the CBA. If they’re able to go from this team to another pro team overseas, as my comment stated, perfect. I mentioned the CBA cuz if they do have to come back, they’re at least a step below the NBA. CBA, D-League, etc.

  • MythCalledLove

    You believe that B.S. then you hv no clue about pro sports inner workings. NOBODY I mean NOBODY says or even thinks that playing overseas is a good thing. That is where you go when the NBA puts you out to pasture or your chances of being struck by lightening are far greater than you ever making the team. His aggroance and delusions of grandeur cursed those boys the second he started talking big. The NBA you hv to damn near be the best player the league has seen or damn close. You can’t talk big until you prove you are worth having on the team. There is always a player better than you in the pros just waiting for a spot. In high school and college you might be making some noise. You might even be drafted high but look at the graveyard drafted high players that were supposed to be “the next”.. You really can’t talk sh!t until you get a ring or shatter some records these days. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER JORDON. He was a player that no-one should ever try to compare to. Not even his damn kids. Jordan & many of the legends. In my experience the Birds, Johnson era played straight up ball & had serious respect for the game. Overseas players hv no contracts and the money?? The love of basketball is when you shut up stay humble respect those before you and understand the NBA is a privilege. People applaud this man as if he was really doing something great. He was living thru his sons and he was the basketball version of “stage mom” You think your child is a ‘star” when really you can’t see or refuse to see the reality. Never but yourself and skills above the game and other players. You don’t make the team the team made you. Sports starting changing when players no longer had loyalty to the team but for the money. And when that happened team owners changed as well. Back to the topic NOBODY and I mean NOBODY believes his spin. No team wanted to be bothered with that circus and the shoplifting..O.K. You keep believing the actions of the father is worth applauding. He got his sons black-balled from the NBA. The dad basically was told “Take the B.S. somewhere else” and dad went overseas to get his sons signed. Also that signing pic is for show.The teams over there don’t come looking for you. You go looking for them. Those boys don’t look all that happy. Did they want to play basketball? Or did they get “Joe Jackson” into it.

  • Candance

    Lol!!!!! Thank God they aren’t living your life and living their own!!!!!!