Last Thursday, we published a report detailing some harrowing information we received from a confirmed member of the Ball family. This interaction started from a comment that was left on an op-ed piece written about Lavar Ball the day before.

Member of Ball Family: “Lavar still has not allowed his kids to see their sick mother due to the media attention it would bring, and cause brand sales to diminish”

After verifying the family member’s identity via multiple email and social media confirmations, the member of the Ball family said:

“Notice, she is not at any games, she is not at work, and she is not at home. Someone needs to ask the question, where is Tina? She is severely disabled and paralyzed on right side. Cannot talk and is questionable about her comprehension. Left side of her brain impacted with massive stroke, while at home on Feb. 21 (school holiday – President’s day). Tina is a PE teacher in [City of school],CA [Name of school].
Feb. 20: Tina Ball admitted at [Name of first hospital] ICU
Feb. 21: Surgery to remove a portion of her skull to reduce swelling from the stroke (evening)
Feb 21: Chino Hills vs LB Poly @ Cerritos College – evening  game (same time as surgery) Lavar & Lonzo at the game with the other Ball boys – missed the surgery and post op. Did not come to hospital during or after surgery. 
The Ball boys are not allowed to see their mother, Lavar is afraid it will take away from their game(s). Lonzo had big game at ASU and U of A later that week. Also, media buzz would take away from all the interviews and media touring for Lavar + BBB brand would suffer. It literally is bigger than Tina’s life, as evidenced by Lavar’s approach.
As a family member, I am embarrassed and feel so sorry for Tina, since Lavar is on a media tour, he visits her rarely, while her mother has stayed by her side continuously.”

This story began to gain some real traction on Friday night when a reporter asked Lonzo Ball the following question after UCLA‘s first round victory:

“Lonzo, there was a report that your mom suffered a stroke. I wanted to know if that was the case and how you’re holding up?”

Ball responded,

“I got no comment on that man, it’s a family issue.”

We do not condone the personal nature of the question directed towards Lonzo. There are other ways to gather information than to put a college kid on the spot about his mother’s potential medical condition. But, this exchange caused us to seek out more sources in regards to this developing story. In the process of doing so, we were contacted by a friend of the Ball family and member of the Chino Hills community.

This friend was not able to comment on the presence of the Ball children, but was able to confirm that he/she was part of a group that prayed over Tina on February 23rd. This is just days after February 20th – the date our original source said Tina checked into the hospital.

Over the weekend, a separate comment was made on our article. The commenter suggested something quite contrary to our sources’ original reports:

“Seems like she was at UCLA’s final home game on March 4th,” then left a link to this tweet:

This tweet contradicted our original report because through our own confirmation with the hospital, Tina was still checked in as of March 15th at 12:30 PM EST.

So, we now have confirmed through multiple sources that she was in the hospital on February 23rd. We have also confirmed that she was in the hospital on March 15th.

This tweet does not prove or disprove Tina’s attendance at the UCLA vs. Washington State game. But, our source said that Tina was in surgery on February 21st. We are simply reporting what we know.

We will continue to keep you updated as this story progresses.

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I live my life by three simple rules: 1. If you don’t own a pair of Crocs – congratulations on denying yourself one of life’s basic comforts. 2. Each and every person has a societal responsibility to refrain from making a social media account for their pet. 3. Ball security is job security. | As a Saints, Pelicans, Cubs, and Georgia Bulldogs supporter, the future is seemingly the only place I find success. Chances are, I dislike your team.
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Chief Executive Officer , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I live my life by three simple rules: 1. If you don’t own a pair of Crocs – congratulations on denying yourself one of life’s basic comforts. 2. Each and every person has a societal responsibility to refrain from making a social media account for their pet. 3. Ball security is job security. | As a Saints, Pelicans, Cubs, and Georgia Bulldogs supporter, the future is seemingly the only place I find success. Chances are, I dislike your team.

2 COMMENTS

  1. “The elder Ball has been tight-lipped about his wife, Tina. However, he told ESPN that she is recovering from a recent medical procedure and that was the reason he didn’t travel to Memphis. LaVar did not want to elaborate on the specifics of her condition but said she is improving and that the two younger boys went to see her on Thursday.”

    via ESPN

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