Maybe you don’t mind that LaVar Ball is over-zealous in his praise of his son Lonzo. Maybe you like that he’s blustery and obnoxious. Maybe you’re not turned off by his outlandish goals for his Big Baller Brand. Maybe you understand why he was rude to FS1’s Kristine Leahy on Wednesday.
But do you really have a defense for this?
Kyrie Irving's mom passed away when he was younger and LaVar Ball says this. Lonzo isn't scoring a single point against the Cavs next year. pic.twitter.com/taoDIowJUm
— Cameron Frentress (@CamFrent) May 18, 2017
Here’s the clip from Wednesday’s Undisputed, in which LaVar says that Kyrie Irving can’t comment on his relationship with Lonzo because Kryie’s mother, who died when he was young, wasn’t around.
LaVar Ball responded to #Cavs Kyrie Irving's comments from the Road Trippin' Podcast. Little does he know Irving actually is a father. pic.twitter.com/ON5WgSbmks
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) May 17, 2017
LaVar also said that Kyrie doesn’t know about parenting because he doesn’t have a child of his own, which is actually untrue.
This all comes in response to Kyrie’s fairly innocent comments from last week about how he should, “let Lonzo be Lonzo,” when the younger Ball gets to the NBA.
LaVar’s comments seemed to get by everyone Wednesday, amid the firestorm over his interaction with Leahy, but on Friday and Saturday backlash began to swell online.
This is what Kyrie said. This is a perfectly reasonable thing and LaVar claps back about Kyrie's deceased mother. That's awful, man. pic.twitter.com/U7eWGxvE4v
— Kyle Madson (@KyleAMadson) May 20, 2017
I was all for Lavar Ball.. but the comments about Kyrie's late mother, was way out of line. https://t.co/FUFP7aiOE9
— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) May 20, 2017
I was really rooting for LaVar too after that Kristine thing. But bringing up Kyrie's deceased mother? Lowest of the lows.
— rajah (@RawanHoops) May 20, 2017
Kyrie lost his mom when he was young. Lavar Ball is a POS. pic.twitter.com/45WTKERYP3
— Bruh Report (@BruhReport) May 20, 2017
Here's LaVar Ball criticizing Kyrie for having a dead mom, but totally, everyone is racist for hating him. https://t.co/EMWrfh1ITD
— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) May 20, 2017
LaVar Ball talked about Kyrie Irving's dead mother. That's scum level. He's a piece of shit
— Johnny Obeid ?? (@JohnnyObeid) May 20, 2017
Lavar basically said "My son can see his mom whenever. Kyrie can't". And y'all are defending that. Man fuck yall
— Larry Beyince (@DragonflyJonez) May 20, 2017
Clearly, LaVar’s strategy is to pick a fight without anyone and everyone over anything, but he seems to get in more trouble every time he opens his mouth. Good-natured feuds are one thing, but impugning a guy for the fact that his mother died when he was young seems pretty firmly over the line.