LaVar Ball just can’t stay out of the news, and it’s all negative. In the same week he disrespected FS1 reporter Kristine Leahy on national TV (she later started receiving death threats), now Ball is being accused of ripping off an Argentinian clothing company to create the Big Baller Brand.
The Argentinian company, Baller Brand, posted to Instagram to call Ball a “thief … who wasn’t creative enough to create his own brand name just [sic] took ours.”
Attention‼️👮🏽👮🏻 @Lavar @Zo @Melo @Gelo @bigballerbrand are a thief‼️ He stole our brand name a few years ago and added "Big" to his brand name. We are an Argentinian🇦🇷 Brand stablished in 2006, this guy who wasn't creative enough to create his own brand name just took ours.😡 Share it to show the world who is the original @ballerbrand 🗣 In Ball We Trust. Atención‼️👮🏽👮🏼Lavar Ball es un ladrón!!! Robo nuestro nombre de marca unos años atrás y le agrego el "Big" a la suya. Nosotros somos una marca Argentina 🇦🇷establecida en el 2006, este hombre que no fue lo suficientemente creativo para crear un nombre, directamente tomo el nuestro. Compártelo para mostrarle al mundo quien es la real marca @ballerbrand @slamonline @bleacherreport @dimemagazine @nbaontnt @nba @real_gm @stepheasmith @worldstar @houseofhighlights @kristineleahy #lavarball #bigballerbrand #ballerbrand #lonzoball #lameloball #ballbrothers #thief #lakers #ballfamily
Who knows if Ball even knows this company exists, but there’s no question Baller Brand predates Big Baller Brand. The Argentinian company was established in 2006. Ball founded Big Baller Brand in 2016.
As Uproxx noticed, maybe Baller Brand should not be talking too much about rip offs, considering they borrowed the Philadelphia 76ers jersey design for some of their products in a tribute to Allen Iverson.
🔥Modelo Tribute pensado en rendirle Tributo a Allen "The Answer" Iverson by #BallerBrand 🔥 La gran inspiración a esta locura!💯🏀 👕 Remera Baller Brand "Tribute". Encontralo en el Store Oficial @ballerbrandstore ubicado en Av. Santa Fe 1670 Galería Bond Street local 2. #Baller #NBA #Tribute #Adidas #philadelphia #Sixers #76ers #Iverson #TheAnswer #Basketball #outfit #outfitoftheday #BallLife
Earlier this month, Ball was also accused of ripping off the personal logo of Ohio State football coach Zach Smith when creating the logo for Lonzo Ball’s new (and ridiculously overpriced) ZO2 shoes.
LaVar Ball has not yet responded to the accusations by Baller Brand, but he has upped his asking price for companies interesting in making a shoe deal with the Big Baller Brand to $3 billion. Here’s what he said Wednesday on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, per the Associated Press:
“If they want to talk to me now, it just went up to $3 billion. Triple Bs — billion, billion, billion,” LaVar said.
He also repeated that he wants Lonzo to play only for the Los Angeles Lakers, the hometown team that got the No. 2 pick Tuesday night in the NBA draft lottery.
“Now that Lonzo’s headed to Los Angeles, what they should have done is give me a billion dollars and let me be on my way,” LaVar said.
Good luck with that.