Anthem-kneeling protests will likely get much worse during the upcoming NFL season.
The league is enforcing a new policy that will fine players for kneeling during the national anthem unless they choose to stay in the locker room.
But one outspoken NBA star’s father just shut down all of those anti-American players with two words.
The former UCLA star point guard, Lonzo Ball, was the Los Angeles Lakers 2nd pick in the 2017 draft. He largely had an up-and-down rookie season where he showed flashes of brilliance, however there is a lot to his game that he needs to work on.
Ironically, it’s his father that makes national news more than him.
LaVar Ball is one of the most eccentric personalities to storm onto the sports stratosphere in quite a long time with his absolutely insane comments.
Last July, Ball said one of the most ridiculous things ever uttered,claiming he “would kill” basketball hall-of-fame legend Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one back in his “heyday.”
Ball averaged a measly 2.2 points each game in college and never made it to the NBA. Meanwhile Jordan has won six championships.
The helicopter parent and creator of“Big Baller Brand” clothing and shoe company isclearly using his son’s success to brand himself.
But surprisingly, he made an outstanding point when he was asked about the anthem-kneeling NFL players.
Ball frankly pointed out that these players who have a problem with the NFL’s new policy – fining players who decide to kneel – should “get out” of the league.
Ball said to a TMZ Sports reporter on the matter:
“It’s their league. If you don’t want to do it, get out [of] their league, That’s why I got my own league. Do what I want.”
Unfortunately for the “know-it-all” who perceives himself as a Steve Jobs-type, his new league is failing miserably.
But he did allude that he would require his players to stand in his new league,
“I got some youngsters, man. They going to do the anthem. They not going to be kneeling and doing all that. Yeah, we’ll have the anthem. If you want to protest … do what you gotta do.”
You might remember that President Trump saved one of Ball’s younger sons, LiAngelo Ball –who was one of three UCLA students caught stealing at a mall in China where they were immediately detained on serious charges.
LaVar refused to acknowledge Trump’s generous act.
Trump called out Ball on Twitter when he heard how ungrateful he was, tweeting,
“It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME! Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.”
Ball claims he did send the President a cheeky gift however.
Ever the promoter, LaVar Ball told “Today” on Tuesday that while he refuses to thank Trump, he did mail a few pairs of Big Baller Brand sneakers to the White House.
“I sent him three pair — red, white, and blue — to show him we patriotic,” Ball said.
This gesture sounds ingenious, but maybe siding with Trump on the anthem-kneeling issue is his way of saying he truly is grateful for what President Trump did for his son.