LaVar Ball reportedly pulling LiAngelo from UCLA

LaVar Ball is putting an end to his son LiAngelo Ball‘s indefinite suspension at UCLA by working to pull the freshman guard from the school, according to multiple reports.

Ball, along with Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were suspended indefinitely while the school’s Office of Student Conduct investigates the shoplifting scandal that involved in all three of the freshmen being arrested in China last month. They were not allowed to practice, travel with the team or suit up for games during the suspension.

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  • 88 Straight

    Good riddance. This kid has no NBA future. Big Baller Brand will be lucky to end up in the D-League.

    • EncinitasBruin

      LaVar makes Marv Marinovich look like a timid, introverted player’s parent in comparison. Sad for his sons.

      • Richard

        Let’s hope heroin isn’t in their future

      • gotroy22

        When are the other two miscreants leaving? Your top rated recruiting class just went “poof”!

  • MPPBruin

    Personally, I’m glad that he’s gone, but I hope everything works out for him in the end.

  • UCLA Dynasty

    We’re a better team without him. Can we pull the offer to the third one and clear the decks of these Jokers?

  • PVBruin17

    He picked up his Ball and went home.
    Loved Lonzo, but I hope we’re done with LaVar.

    • MPPBruin

      Lonzo was a great player, but it’s tough to get too attached to any one-and-done.

      • jameskatt

        Lonzo isn’t doing that well in the NBA. Can’t shoot. Too passive. He won’t be in the All-Rookie team.

    • EncinitasBruin

      He says the younger one, LaMelo, will still enroll at UCLA, but I’m not holding my breath.

      • jim

        UCLA is better off without both of those guys. Lonzo was the real deal but I’m not sure either of the other two will ever amount to anything. I’d take a chance on them if Lavar wasn’t their dad.

      • j metaphor

        LaMelo already has a shoe deal which is very unpopular with the folks at the NCAA and given his father’s sage guidance, I would be very, very surprised if La Melo has ever paid any serious attention to academics.

        • Richard

          Don’t think he has a shoe deal.
          His dad is marketing a Melo shoe but no indication Melo is getting paid as a result.
          The family will benefit (he included, obviously) but no shoe deal, per se

  • Hogsman

    I feel for the kid – I know he won’t be hurting financially because of the money his family’s making, but his self-esteem has got to be at an all-time low both because of his foolish actions in China and his father’s domineering behavior. I hope he gets his life together.


    More clumsy antics from LaVar. Like a Ball in a China shop, this guy.

  • Linkster

    you should thank you lucky stars to be rid of the kid and the dad.

  • EncinitasBruin

    Though we all saw this coming from a mile away, it’s the kid who gets the short end of the stick because of his blow-hard Dad. I wish the best for Gelo, but his dad did him no favors by letting him quit school and skip his much-deserved punishment. Just a terrible life lesson to teach your child.

  • Lifelong Bruin Fan

    I’m torn. As a UCLA fan I am relieved to be rid of any association with LaVar. Honestly, the only reason LiAngelo was offered a scholarship was probably because of Lonzo and LaMelo. On the other hand, I feel bad for the youngster. I actually thought he should have had his scholarship pulled by the athletic department for the shoplifting incident, but as it didn’t appear this would come to pass, to see that scholarship surrendered of his own (or his father’s) volition seems truly wasteful, especially given the virtual nonexistent chance of him making it as a professional basketball player. While he may be set financially for life because of his family, the opportunity to receive a world-class education that could have paid dividends for a lifetime appears to have gone by the wayside.

  • j metaphor

    Within 3 years I predict LaVar (bozo) Ball will be touring with his boys as the Chino Hills Globetrotters throughout Asia selling T-shirts and overpriced shoes and Lavar starting the game on mic with “LET’S GET READY TO DRIBBBBBBBBLE”!!!!!!

  • jameskatt

    Good riddance to another ONE-AND-DONE.
    One-and-dones do not help UCLA get a championship.
    Only veteran teams win the NCAA March Madness championship.

  • jameskatt

    Outside of any animosity toward LaVar Ball, I see this as a tragedy for LiAngelo Ball.

    From what I read, as the least talented of the Ball Brothers, he had no chance of playing in the NBA. He now wastes a year since other non-American basketball leagues have already started their seasons – if he has a chance to play at all. And he wastes the opportunity for a scholarship-paid 4-year education and degree from UCLA – not that his father was interested in his education.

    So LiAngelo now has to work in the minor leagues which pay a pittance for the next several years of his life until he realizes he won’t make it to the NBA. The best if possible scenario is he makes a living playing overseas.

  • Benjamin Hayes

    I think it is time for Alford to sit down with LiAngelo and ask him if he wants his dad to push him around or if he is ready to stand on his own two feet. He can take the easy way out or take responsibility for his actions and grow as a person.