These days, it seems as if Lavar Ball is nothing more than a walking, talking controversy. Almost every time the Big Baller Brand head honcho opens his mouth, he says something polarizing, which in turn makes him one of the biggest names in sports right now. Now, Lavar Ball finds himself in the middle of another controversy, but this time it involves an Argentine streetwear brand and a claim of thievery.
An Argentine streetwear company called Baller Brand took to Instagram last week to let the world know that they have nothing to do with the Ball family's Big Baller Brand. In addition, the company accused Lavar Ball's Big Baller Brand of stealing the company's name and copying their idea.
The Instagram post, which featured a photo of the Ball family, contained the following caption: "Attention‼️👮🏽👮🏻 @Lavar @Zo @Melo @Gelo @bigballerbrand are a thief‼️ He stole our brand name a few years ago and added "Big" to his brand name. We are an Argentinian🇦🇷 Brand stablished in 2006, this guy who wasn't creative enough to create his own brand name just took ours.😡 Share it to show the world who is the original @ballerbrand 🗣 In Ball We Trust."
Baller Brand was created back in 2006, and specializes in selling basketball apparel such as jerseys, tees, hoodies, and jackets. The brand appears to have a solid following in its home country of Argentina, but doesn't have many supporters in the United States. In addition, some of the brand's designs are inspired by U.S. pro sports teams, such as Philadelphia 76ers inspired jerseys and tee shirts, and a Team USA inspired tee shirt, and a Brooklyn Dodgers inspired tee shirt.
A spokesman from Baller Brand told The Washington Post that they decided to make the public comments against Big Baller Brand as a result of the attention Lavar and his brand have been getting in the recent weeks.
Lavar Ball has yet to make a statement regarding Baller Brand's accusations.