By Ryan Velez
Some think LaVar Ball is an overly devoted father trying to make a financial impact for his family. Some think he is an egomaniac who is actively damaging his children’s career. Bossip reports that the Better Business Bureau clearly thinks little of him and his Big Baller Brand, rating it an F.
According to NYDN, the company has received 32 complaints and 44 negative reviews — no positive reviews AT ALL — on the Better Business Bureau. Those figures exceed the limit to give LaVar’s brand the lowest rating possible by the business evaluator. Some may think that this revolves around the company’s massive price tags. Its ZO2 shoes go for $495, with sandals starting at $220, and the Melo Ball 1’s are $395. Hoodies start at around $100. Not necessarily. In fact, the biggest issue comes from customers who never received their products, weren’t refunded, or received the wrong items altogether.
One customer wrote the following post on the site in November. “This company does not offer refunds. I purchased 2 items and was told there would be a 1-2 week delay. I have been waiting 6 weeks now, and when I asked why it was taking so long, I was called a ‘small baller’. At this point I believe they have decided to steal my money.” The Better Business Bureau reports that they’ve reached out to BBB multiple times to help with their consumer issues…but unsurprisingly the offer has been pretty much ignored.
One can only imagine how exactly this affects his plans to compete with the NCAA. Here is some coverage on that particular venture: “Per ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Ball is funding the Junior Basketball Association through the Big Baller Brand, with players being paid anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 per month. His current plans are to feature 80 players for 10 teams with games potentially being held at NBA arenas located in Los Angeles, Dallas, Brooklyn, and Atlanta.
“Getting these players is going to be easy,” Ball told Rovell. “This is giving guys a chance to get a jump-start on their career, to be seen by pro scouts, and we’re going to pay them because someone has to pay these kids.” The notion of paying college players has been a hot issue for years, considering how much money others make from college teams.
Ball added the league would follow NBA rules with four 12-minute quarters and the professional three-point line located 22 feet in the corners and 23.75 feet behind the top of the key. All players who join would also be required to wear Big Baller Brand merchandise since it will be promoting the league.”