If you ask LaVar Ball why his son lost the NCAA Tournament in March to Kentucky, he’ll tell you its because of his ‘slow’ white teammates.
In a recent interview with the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Ball expressed his frustration with the white players on his son’s team, blaming them for not making it to the championship.
“Realistically, you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow. I told Lonzo, one of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points. It turned out that was the one game. Then, once they get to the Elite 8, they’re right there”, Ball says.
While Ball was clever to not mention any names, sources are reporteding the “three white guys” are Bryce Alford, T.J. Leaf, and Thomas Welch. While Ball wants to blame UCLA’s loss on color, he did openly admit Lonzo’s hamstring injury played a dramatic part.
“People thought he was giving up, but he popped his hamstring. “He said, ‘I was trying to run, but my hamstring was pulled.’ But he’s never going to make excuses. You’ve got to kill him to get him off the court. If you get in a bar fight and your eyeball gets knocked out, you can’t go outside and say my eye’s hurt. You got to go in there and fight with your eye hanging out. You never leave your brothers hanging on the court.”
We can’t speak for Ball, but somebody needs to tell him to keep his racial comments to himself, and off the court.