Stop complaining about LaVar Ball and start leaving him alone

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Lavar Ball is only still relevant to the degree that he wants because we give it to him.

Right now, it’s unbelievable to think that someone like LaVar Ball had the CNN platform to discuss geopolitics, but that’s exactly what happened on Monday night.

Ahead of Thanksgiving, Ball discussed the fact that he won’t thank President Trump for his part in freeing LiAngelo Ball out of jail in China. The younger Ball and two of his UCLA teammates were held in Chinese jail on charges related to shoplifting from a Louis Vitton store near the team hotel.

The reason we need to stop bugging LaVar Ball — if it wasn’t clear before last night, it should be now — is the fact that he loves the attention. In fact, it’s what helps him be LaVar Ball. It promotes curiosity in Big Baller Brand, his family company, and it gives him a sort of platform he wouldn’t be getting.

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If there wasn’t social media, the quick potential to go viral, or anything like that, it’s hard to say that LaVar Ball would be the same person that we know him to now be. Chris Cuomo tried hard to get some direct answers from Ball pertaining to the highlighted story of him not being thankful to the president for helping get his son back to the USA, but couldn’t do it.

Ball used the news network’s platform to make it clear to the world that he’s going to stick to his guns no matter who tried to question how he is. To him, none of his actions are confusing or bewildering.

So let’s stop giving him a platform then. If he really is as absurd and annoying as people make him out to be, then don’t give him the attention. Because even when you talk smack about him, he’s found a way to somehow take the bad publicity and turn it into something good for him.’

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If we turn a cold shoulder to him and his antics, maybe — just maybe — he’ll stop.