I received a comment on it from a member of the Ball family, who wishes to remain anonymous. The comment (which has since been removed to protect the email address and identity of the commenter) read as follows:
Tina Ball, his wife had a stroke on Feb 21. She had life threatening skull surgery to relieve brain pressure – guess where Lavar was during the operation that could have killed his wife? – at the CHHS vs. LB Poly game with his sons, including Lonzo. He still has not allowed his kids to see their sick mother due to the media attention it would bring to him, and cause BBB sales to diminish. [Name of hospital] in [City of hospital], CA – Tina is there now and he only visits for 1 hour a few days a week, while her Mother has yet to leave her side. Pathetic!!!”
When confirming the identity of the member of the Ball family that commented via email, we received another large piece of harrowing information:“Notice, she is not at any games, she is not at work, and she is not at home. Someone needs to ask the question, where is Tina? She is severely disabled and paralyzed on right side. Cannot talk and is questionable about her comprehension. Left side of her brain impacted with massive stroke, while at home on Feb. 21 (school holiday – President’s day). Tina is a PE teacher in Montclair, CA (Vernon middle school).Feb. 20: Tina Ball admitted at [Name of first hospital] ICUFeb. 21: Surgery to remove a portion of her skull to reduce swelling from the stroke (evening)Feb 21: Chino Hills vs LB Poly @ Cerritos College – evening game (same time as surgery) Lavar & Lonzo at the game with the other Ball boys – missed the surgery and post op. Did not come to hospital during or after surgery.The Ball boys are not allowed to see their mother, Lavar is afraid it will take away from their game(s). Lonzo had big game at ASU and U of A later that week. Also, media buzz would take away from all the interviews and media touring for Lavar + BBB brand would suffer. It literally is bigger than Tina’s life, as evidenced by Lavar’s approach.As a family member, I am embarrassed and feel so sorry for Tina, since Lavar is on a media tour, he visits her rarely, while her mother has stayed by her side continuously.”
— Big Baller Brand (@bigballerbrand) February 7, 2017
— Crossover Report (@CrossoverReport) December 12, 2016
Right after the game, some reporter asked Lonzo Ball if his mom had a stroke.
Every sector of society is learning to loathe the media. pic.twitter.com/gqhSbAkq1e
— The Swog Blog (@TheSwogBlog) March 18, 2017
The second half of this story has become “how disrespectful it is to ask Lonzo about his mom”. Even after I just defended the Ball family (for the second time today), you can’t aim to be that famous and dominate the media that much, but then not expect people to pry. They literally invite Bleacher Report into their home every week to get them off the basketball court and talk about their family. Lavar’s trying to turn this family into a famous pop culture family, not just a famous basketball family. Which is fine, do what you gotta do. But I’ve sat there on Twitter before wondering where the mom is, so what makes it disrespectful to ask to Lonzo? This comes with fame, unfortunately. And that sucks. But if you don’t want those questions, don’t make your family into pseudo-reality TV stars.