LaMelo Ball sued by former publicist for non-payment

LaMelo Ball sued by former publicist for non-payment

LaMelo Ball sued by former publicist for non-payment

LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball
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In some families, the apple not falling far from the tree is a perfect way to describe a parent and their offspring. This seems to be the case with LaVar and LaMelo Ball, when it comes to business.

LaMelo is being sued by former publicist Amber Johnson for $10 million in damages as a result of an endorsement deal she helped facilitate that was never paid for. Johnson claims that after playing an important role in securing Ball’s $100 million contract with PUMA, she still hasn’t paid the 10 percent the parties reportedly agreed to.

If these allegations are true, LaMelo appears to be following the same path as his father, LaVar. Since gaining national fame on the back of eldest son Lonzo in 2017, LaVar has had a host of bad business deals.

We all remember the launch of LaVar’s Big Baller Brand. The Big Baller Brand ran into trouble with pre-orders of the ZO2.19s. Lonzo’s signature shoe was six hours delayed months, creating a total wait of nearly a year for those who pre-ordered.

There was also a problem with Big Baller Brand co-founder Alan Foster. The Ball family cut ties with Foster, with whom LaVar was in a long-term relationship, after concerns arose about his involvement in missing money of Lonzo’s personal and business accounts, nearly $1.5 million.

Then, of course, Foster turned around again and sued LaVar for accusing him of… embezzling company funds to support his lavish lifestyle amounting to over $2.5 million. The Ball family drama sounds like a bad soap opera or reality TV show. Oh, and they had their own too reality show for a while.

For whatever reason, the Ball family seems drawn to doing shady business or dealing with questionable characters. with such a promising career for him it would be a shame to watch LaMelo throw away money according to the blueprint in front of him.

Continuing to do business like this will eventually catch up, and maybe it already is. If Johnson’s allegations in court are true, it could be a huge blow to LaMelo’s wallet and credibility. If you pick up too many of these cases where you are alleged to be harassing business partners, you will eventually run out of reliable people to do business with.

LaMelo has the access and resources to drag this case into court for as long as he wants. Hopefully Johnson will eventually get what she worked for, but somehow it feels like Ball will probably get it easy here with a settlement much smaller than $10 million.

With all the endorsement money LaMelo is bringing in, it’s just plain wrong for him to cheat on someone who helped get his biggest deal. Or any deal for that matter. But karma is unpredictable in the way it works. It usually comes back to get you. Sometimes it takes a while, but most of the time it happens, and usually when least expected.