In some families, the apple that doesn’t fall far from the tree is a perfect way to describe parents and their children. This seems to be the case with LaVar and LaMelo Ball, where business is concerned.
LaMelo is being sued by former journalist Amber Johnson for $10 million in damages stemming from an endorsement deal she helped facilitate and never got paid for. Johnson alleges that after playing an important game role in ensuring Ball’s $100 million contract with PUMA, she is yet to be paid the 10% that the parties are said to have agreed upon.
If these allegations are true, LaMelo is likely to follow the same path as his father, LaVar. Since becoming a nationally famous star thanks to her eldest son Lonzo in 2017, LaVar has had to go through its bad deals.
We all remember the launch of LaVar’s Big Baller Brand. The Big Baller brand has been experiencing issues with pre-orders of the ZO2.19s. Lonzo’s signature shoes are delayed for six months, costing those who booked in advance nearly a year in total.
There’s also an issue with Big Baller Brand co-founder Alan Foster. The Ball family has severed ties with Foster, with whom LaVar has had a longstanding relationship, after concerns arose about his involvement. lack of money from Lonzo’s personal and business accounts, nearly $1.5 million.
Then, of course, Foster turned around and sued LaVar alleging him embezzlement company funds to support his lavish lifestyle amounted to more than $2.5 million. The TV series about the Ball family sounds like a lousy soap opera or reality TV show. Oh, and they have reality show in a period of time.
For whatever reason, the Ball family seems drawn to shady business or dealing with questionable characters. With one promising career in front of him, it would be a shame to watch LaMelo throw money according to the blueprint laid out in front of him.
Continuing to do business this way will eventually catch on, and maybe it already does. If Johnson’s claims are proven accurate in court, it could be a blow to LaMelo’s wallet and reputation. If you get into too many situations where you are perceived to be difficult for your business partners, you will eventually run out of people you can trust to do business with.
LaMelo has the access and resources to take this case to court for as long as it wishes. Hopefully Johnson will eventually get what she’s done, but somehow it looks like Ball could easily get here with a much smaller payout than $10 million.
With all the endorsement money LaMelo is bringing in, it would be wrong for him to arrest the person who helped buy his biggest deal. Or any deal for that matter. But karma is unpredictable in the way it works. It usually comes back to get you. Sometimes it takes a while, but it happens often and most of the times when least expected.