- Lonzo Ball was a guest on LeBron James’ HBO show “The Shop.”
- During his appearance, Ball opened up about his recent decision to leave Big Baller Brand behind him due to his belief that family friend and BBB co-founder Alan Foster had embezzled money from the company.
- Ball said that the suspicious transactions began while his mother was recovering from a stroke.
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Lonzo Ball opened up about his decision to leave Big Baller Brand in the past and the difficult relationship he had with family friend and BBB co-founder Alan Foster.
Ball made his decision to cut ties with Big Baller Brand, going as far as covering up his “BBB” tattoo, due to his belief that Foster embezzled as much as $US1.5 million. Suspicions arose after the funds could not be accounted for while a financial adviser was preparing Ball’s taxes.
Appearing on HBO’s “The Shop,” where LeBron James hosts a variety of personalities from the sports and entertainment world for conversations, Ball spoke about how hurtful it was to know that he had been betrayed by such a close family friend.
“He was like my second dad. He was way more than that, though,” Ball said, explaining his connection to Foster, whom he had known since he was just 12 years old. “Like, I bought my mum and dad a house – he had a room in there.”
Ball revealed that while searching for the unaccounted $US1.5 million, he found that the suspicious money movement began while his mother Tina was recovering from a stroke.
“When we looked at the transactions, that s— didn’t start happening until my mum got sick,” Ball said. “Because she took care of all the money s—. So, that’s what really hurt me. Like, that s— hurt me. I don’t even know what I’d do if I’d seen him. … When that happened, everything just went off.”
Ball also said that telling his father about the situation with Foster was the first time he remembered his father “shut up.”
You can watch Ball’s comments below.
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While Big Baller Brand didn’t lead to the grandiose shoe empire that LaVar Ball once dreamed it would, it sounds like Lonzo feels he made the right decision to leave the brand behind.
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