The Game Drops Knowledge, Offers Profound Explanation For Buying Lonzo Ball’s Shoes
By now, most people have heard all about Lonzo Ball but unfortunately, the NBA prospect’s skills aren’t the only reason he’s making headlines. Many news outlets have actually reported about his father, LaVar Ball, because he’s actually in the spotlight a bit more than Lonzo as he’s been quite vocal about his son’s career and their family business.
The Shoe Deal:
Earlier this month, LaVar Ball released his son’s first sneaker from the family’s Big Baller Brand. Priced at $495.00, the new ZO2 sneaker was immediately met with criticism by cynical African-Americans who couldn’t fathom spending so much on a shoe for an NBA prospect who hasn’t been drafted yet. Despite the strong possibility of Lonzo Ball being drafted in the first round and his father revealing the shoes raked in more than $1 million in sales in the first week, many basketball fans wouldn’t even entertain the idea of buying his ZO2s for $495.00. In fact, celebrities like Shaquille O’Neal and Wale even sounded off on LaVar and Lonzo for spiking their prices and overcharging kids for signature kicks. But, there’s one rapper backing the Ball family. Now, the Game has gone viral for his response to the negativity.
The Game Fires Back:
After spending almost $2,000 on a few pairs of ZO2s for his son and friends, The Game took to Instagram with a photo of his Big Baller Brand receipt and explained why he supported the Ball family. He also blasted African-Americans for their inability to support their own.
“Funny how n**gas will go and buy Gucci flops for $300-$400 with no complaints, but then complain [and] b**ch when a kid [and] his family is making a name for themselves [and] trying to grow their own brand,” he states. “I also think about all these $500 duplicated Jordan n**gas out here going broke [and] dying over just trying to keep up with Jones’s.”
Just bought my son @hvrlemtaylor & a few of his friends the "Lonzo @zo Ball's" #Z02 kicks just on the pure fact that I've spent over a million dollars, shit probably more on Nike's, Jordan's & other big name sneaker brands in my lifetime so why not support a family brand & a rising stars shoe….. Funny how niggas will go & buy Gucci flip flops for $300-400 with no complaints but then complain & bitch when a kid & his family is making a name for themselves & trying to grow their own brand….. I also think about all these $500 duplicate Jordans niggas out here going broke & dying over just trying to keep up with Jones's…. While MJ, as much as I love & support him & his legacy ain't really ever did much for the black community other then tax our mothafuckin' ass for the same shoes over & over as well as charge these kids parents hella money to get in these camps. & again, no hate… MJ is MJ but today I chose to support @Zo & his family…. fuck how anybody feel about it… keep making memes if that's all yo broke hatin ass can do….. maybe sometimes, people need to delete the meme app off they phone & start creating their own legacy instead of picking apart someone else's….. I will also be buying 10 more pair of @Zo's kicks for 10 kids who's parents can't afford them….. on behalf of myself & @therobinhoodproject #DatWay #TheRobinHoodProject #BigBallerBrand #itAintTrickinIfYouGotIt
However, the Game didn’t stop there. Not one to mince words, he also took a verbal jab at Michael Jordan insisting he hasn’t done enough for the African-American community considering how much he’s been supported as Air Jordans sell out all over the country on release days. “MJ is MJ, but today I chose to support [Lonzo and] his family…. f**k how anybody feel about it… keep making memes if that’s all [your] broke hatin’ a** can do… Maybe sometimes, people need to delete the meme app off their phone & start creating their own legacy instead of picking apart someone else’s.”
Many fans applauded the Game for his profound statement and support of black-owned businesses.