Name: LaVar Ball
Born: October 23, 1968
Occupation: Media personality and athlete
LaVar Ball was born in Los Angeles, California on October 23, 1968. He has four brothers: LaFrance, LaValle, LaRenzo and LaShon.
LaVar attended Canoga Park High School, where he was a successful basketball and football player. He later attended West Los Angeles College, playing college basketball. He soon transferred to Cal State Los Angeles. Once he stopped playing college basketball, he enrolled in Long Beach City College and played football. Although sports were a major factor in college, he earned a degree in criminal justice.
He is married to Tina, and they have three sons together: Lonzo, LaMelo and LiAngelo. They are all successful athletes: Lonzo is a point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, LaMelo is a junior point guard for the Chino Hills High School team and LiAngelo is a shooting guard for the UCLA Bruins basketball team. The family currently resides in Southern California.
After college, LaVar was invited to a football tryout and signed with the New York Jets as a defensive end, but was loaned out to the London Monarchs for the World League of American Football (WLAF). He was then sent to the Carolina Panthers, participating in the team’s practice squads.
Despite not being a famous athlete during his playing career, LaVar rose to national prominence following a 2015 piece published on CBSSports.com. He started gaining more fame after an interview with MaxPreps. A SLAM magazine feature then propelled the family to the media spotlight, garnering interviews with mainstream media outlets, including ESPN. LaVar has made fantastic claims, such as arguing that Lonzo is better than Stephen Curry, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook and LaVar can defeat Michael Jordan.
Because of his notoriety, Facebook produced a reality television series of the Ball family and aired it on August 31. The first episode was a success, but it was only able to retain 10 percent of its audience from the first to the second episode.
Eventually, LaVar received tons of criticisms for talking too much, hurting his sons with his obnoxious claims, spouting sexist comments about female referees and even making racist remarks against three of his son’s white UCLA teammates.
He has appeared on Fox Sports talk shows and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)’s flagship show Monday Night Raw. In addition to trying to obtain the media spotlight, LaVar has launched a brand called the Big Baller Brand, selling a wide array of merchandise, including shoes with a price-tag of $395.
We estimate that LaVar Ball’s net worth is $4 million (2017).
So how much is $4 million really?
$4 million can buy thousands of pairs of LaVar Ball’s $400 shoes. $4 million can also raise enough money to send LaVar Ball to a remote village in Liechtenstein.