LaVar Ball got a technical foul and pulled his Big Ballers AAU team off the court in a bizarre scene Saturday at the Double Pump Best of Summer Tournament in California.
The playoff game was ruled a forfeit after Big Ballers left in the second half and Clutch Players Navy was awarded the win. Of note, Big Ballers was winning 69-60 at the time of the forfeit.
Ball was upset about a foul call and repeated, “That’s not a foul, that’s not a foul.” He then questioned the official’s manhood and used a profanity to describe the call.
After the call, you can see Ball wave toward his players, head toward the baseline and his players follow with their gear.
In a video from Overtime captured outside the gym, Ball says, “Not gonna have my guys playing hard and they cheating. I don’t play that … ”
Notice that as he heads out, a teen asks LaVar for a photo and he obliges the teen and a friend.
The UCLA coaches were on hand to watch LaMelo Ball, a UCLA commit and LaVar’s youngest son.
USA TODAY High School Sports reached out to Jeremy Nesbitt, the coach of Clutch Players. Nesbitt said he did not want to say much and get caught up in “the circus of everything.”
In an email, he said, “We appreciate all the attention that our game against the Big Ballers has brought to us. While we don’t agree with the one-sided videos his program has produced or agree that there was cheating going on, Mr. Ball is entitled to his own opinion. I am proud of the way our boys competed, stayed focused, and respected the game.
“Thank you to David and Dana Pump for hosting the tournament and providing thousands of young men the chance to play this great game.”
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