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LaMelo Ball's Team Getting Crushed For Why It Pulled Out Of Tournament

lamelo ball walks off of the court during a summer league game

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 07: LaMelo Ball, brother of Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers, walks off the court after shooting baskets as part of a promotion during a timeout of a 2017 Summer League game between the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Clippers won 96-93 in overtime. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LaMelo Ball and his high school team are getting crushed for pulling out of a notable tournament for a ridiculous reason.

Spire Institute, the private school LaMelo attends in Ohio, has pulled out of the prestige tournament "Hoophall Classic" at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Forbes is reporting that a $10,000 appearance fee was requested in order for Spire Institute to play in the tournament.

The request reportedly came from an associate of LaVar Ball and the Big Baller Brand.

Adam Zagoria had the details in the report for Forbes:

But when Greg Procino, who organizes the games at Hoophall Classic, received a request for an appearance fee in exchange for having Ball and SPIRE play at the event, Procino balked and SPIRE opted to go elsewhere. Procino said no one from the school or basketball program made the request, but at that it came from an outside "consultant." Procino said this was the first such request he has received in 10 years of organizing games at the event.

"The school/program did not request money," Procino wrote in an email. "An outside 'consultant' who requested the change in terms did have certain financial requests. We did not pay them to participate and SPIRE decided not to honor the original agreement for Hoophall Classic. We replaced SPIRE with The Patrick School after the final conversation took place. Games are being cancelled with Spire unless the terms are acceptable to the outside consultant. " Procino said SPIRE played at the Hoophall West event in Scottsdale, Ariz., in December, but that no appearance fee was requested for that event.

The monetary requests don't appear to be stopping, either.

Zagoria tweeted this morning that videographers are going to need to pay a ridiculous fee in order to film LaMelo Ball's upcoming games.

It shouldn't be too surprising to see this kind of stuff when you're aware of how much Big Baller Brand charges for its basketball shoes.

Several of Big Baller Brand's shoes retail in the $400-$500 range, which is on the extreme high end of basketball shoes. 

LaVar Ball has clearly had some major success with his business pursuits, though, so he's obviously doing something right.