Home Sports LaVar Ball says remark about white UCLA basketball players being ‘too slow’ isn’t racist: ‘I’m just stating a fact’ 

LaVar Ball says remark about white UCLA basketball players being ‘too slow’ isn’t racist: ‘I’m just stating a fact’ 

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Just keep digging that hole, LaVar.

LaVar Ball — the outspoken and controversial father of UCLA basketball player Lonzo Ball — claimed Thursday in an interview with the Orange County Register that you can’t win a championship “with three white guys” like the Bruins had. Ball, who took heat for the comments, said that the white players’ “foot speed is too slow.”

On Friday Ball went on CBS Sports Radio to try to clarify the remarks, but he probably didn’t help any.

“It’s not racial,” Ball said. “I can’t be racial. Some people just take it the wrong way and that’s okay — because that’s how the media (is).”

But he wasn’t backing down from his point. “I’m just stating a fact,” he said.

“Here’s the thing. People keep thinking that I blame the white guys. No, no,” Ball added. “Every time we lose, I only blame one person — and that’s my son.”

That’s a pretty tough claim to make after he literally blamed the the “white guys” on UCLA and made an excuse for his son, saying that he “popped his hamstring.”

LaVar Ball says remark about white UCLA basketball players being ‘too slow’ isn’t racist: ‘I’m just stating a fact’ 

Ball also doubled down on his comments that the white players aren’t fast enough. “I stated my opinion of what I thought. The foot speed is just too slow to catch up with all the athleticism on the court.”

Not that Ball’s words could ever be taken seriously. On Friday he also reiterated that he could have beaten Michael Jordan if the two had played one-on-one when they were younger. Please.

Ball claims that his ridiculous assertions do not negatively affect his three sons (the younger two are in high school and also play basketball).

“People ask me questions and they don’t want to hear the answers that I have,” Ball said. “I have my own opinion. People at UCLA are saying, ‘Oh, he’s not doing it the UCLA way.’ Hell no I ain’t doing it the UCLA way. I do it the Ball way. It don’t affect my kids at all. I raised my kids. How does it affect them?”

There’s a good chance that UCLA is pleased to be done with Ball soon. Lonzo Ball is expected to be a very early pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Whichever team drafts him, however, will likely have to read a lot of quotes from his father.

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