Ball`s family has dominated the headlines in California after LaVar Ball made an announcement that his son who is in high school will sell his own line of shoes. This has led to mixed reactions from members of the public on what NCAA will say about the move.
According to NCAA, The boy will not be allowed to play inter college games because he has his own line of the shoe which contravenes the rule. If the rule is adhered to, LaMelo should not be allowed to play college basketball after he clears his high school because he will be receiving money for the school. Otherwise, he can give up on the money and still play.
But who would leave a deal that fetches all that money just because they want to play in college games?
The Family Views
LaVar Ball father to LaMelo was contacted on this and speaking to reporters last week in Chino, California he said “He`s going to have a shoe. NCAA isn’t going to tell me shit because they are not my boss. That`s what they do, but they`re going to be like, ‘Oh, LaVar, you can‘t bring that shoe out until we tell you.’ What? Something that I`m doing for my family? That’s mine? I am not under no umbrella.” He said.
Two Sides of the Coin
This creates two situations here. The dad wants the boy to make money. Furthermore, he wants the family to excel. The truth is that they are going to make a lot of money from the shoe. But what does it mean? What is the impact of the boy not playing college games? Do the games add value to the family? LaVar advises his boy to go ahead and train with an NBA training camp.
This is a good opportunity, and he can go for it. But what is the boy going to miss? He will obviously miss the company of his fellow students. He will also not receive awards for playing for his college.
But who cares? The college is an entity, and the family is another entity by its own.
On the other side, the rule is clear that a college athlete or prospect who is paid for use of their athletics reputation or ability risks being ineligible to play that sport in college.
Well, this is just a ruling and can be amended. The NCAA should look at the success of young athletes like LaMelo. He has a talent and an entrepreneurial skill. I think he should be allowed to sell his own shoe. Whether they rule him out of the college games is neither here nor there. They are just after their own success and don’t mind this youngster.
The boy should be allowed to sell his own shoe. There shouldn’t be a question about it. NCAA can live with their regulations. Who cares? I support LaVar