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LaVar Ball
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Ball in 2018
Born
LaVar Christopher Ball

October 23, 1967 (1967-10-23) (age 53)
Alma mater West Los Angeles College
Washington State University
California State University, Los Angeles
Occupation Co-founder and CEO of Big Baller Brand
Children 3 (Lonzo, LiAngelo, LaMelo)

Football career
No. 99
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school: Canoga Park (CA)
College: Cal State-Los Angeles
Undrafted: 1994
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only

LaVar Christopher Ball (born October 23, 1967) is an American businessman and former professional football player. He is the co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of the sports apparel company Big Baller Brand and founder of the Junior Basketball Association (JBA). He is the father of three basketball players: New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo, Charlotte Hornets point guard LaMelo, and shooting guard LiAngelo.

Ball played basketball and football while at Canoga Park High School, going on to play basketball at the collegiate level for West Los Angeles College, Washington State and Cal State Los Angeles. He also played football at Long Beach City College for a season. He had a brief professional career as a tight end with the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football, where he had a total of 28 kickoff return yards, and no receptions. He was a practice squad member of the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers in 1995, but never played an official regular season game in the National Football League.

Following a series of bold statements in the spring of 2017, Ball began repeatedly making national sports headlines. His early remarks included saying that his son Lonzo is better than Stephen Curry and claiming that he himself could defeat Michael Jordan one-on-one in basketball. He was subject to both praise and criticism as he continued making similar comments, some of which involved his company, Big Baller Brand. Ball has made several appearances on national TV and has routinely drawn attention from major sports media outlets. He has also been in the spotlight for his criticism of his sons' teams, most notably the Lakers for their treatment of Lonzo, as well as for his exchange with U.S. President Donald Trump after LiAngelo was detained in China for shoplifting.

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