A reporter asked Lonzo Ball about his reportedly sick mother last night.
UCLA star freshman guard Lonzo Ball was asked about his reportedly sick mother at the Bruins’ post-game press conference following their first round NCAA Tournament victory over Kent State on Friday night.
“Lonzo, I apologize for asking a personal question, but there was a report that your mom had suffered a stroke. I just wanted to know if that was the case and how you’re holding up,” the reporter says.
“I got no comment on that, man. That’s family stuff,” Ball replied.
The question is asked at about the 3:50 mark here:
As the reporter says, there’s an unconfirmed report out there that says Ball’s mother, Tina, suffered a stroke, citing an anonymous source close to the family.
An excerpt from that story:
“Wow. You nailed it. Although you don’t even know the half of it. Lavar took over the high school program, added the Coach, his puppet (which is why he quit last year after becoming the national coach of the year) and Lavar stepped on and crushed countless other kids’ careers and love for the game to get his kids on the court. If you are allowed to shoot at any time from any where and never come out of the game, any decent idiot could score 30 points.Also, Tina Ball, his wife had a stroke on Feb 21. She had life threatening skull surgery to relieve brain pressure – guess where Lavar was during the operation that could have killed his wife? – at the CHHS vs. LB Poly game with his sons, including Lonzo. He still has not allowed his kids to see their sick mother due to the media attention it would bring to him, and cause BBB sales to diminish. [Name of hospital] in [City of hospital], CA – Tina is there now and he only visits for 1 hour a few days a week, while her Mother has yet to leave her side. Pathetic!!!”
You can read the full story here.
Regardless of whether or not it’s true, asking a player about his mother’s health when he’s on the podium is an unacceptable move. If you’re truly working on that story, find another way to get to Ball or the school’s media relations person and ask it privately.