Adidas officials wanted Summer Championships refs who wouldn't eject LaVar Ball

Arnold Nichols
July 29, 2017

According to Adidas, which runs the event, it was their decision to replace the referee.

"She's got a vendetta", Ball said after the game.

"We need to get someone else in here", he said, referring to a female official, according to ESPN's Jeff Borzello, who attended the game. Ball had pulled his team off the floor in a game they were winning earlier in the week over frustration with referees. "However, due to strong messaging (from Adidas) to extend those guidelines in an effort to keep (LaVar Ball) in the gym, the officiating crew felt uncomfortable enforcing the technical foul rule for actions that clearly warranted (action)". Just days later, the Big Ballers faced off against SC Supreme in what was likely one of the most-watched games in AAU history thanks to top prospects LaMelo Ball and Zion Williamson battling head-to-head.

The female referee was eventually replaced after LaVar gave Adidas the choice of keeping her in the game or keeping his squad in the game.


Shaq never has been one to shy away from a good publicity opportunity when he sees one, so it's no surprise that he has responded to LaVar Ball with a diss track.

LaVar Ball's "Big Ballers" AAU team couldn't even get through the first half of their game against Team BBC at the Adidas Uprising championships on Friday before controversy reared its ugly head.

"I know what she's trying to do", he said. "I get that she's trying to break into the refereeing thing". If you're going to be qualified, you better be in shape and you better know the game. He complained and threatened to pull his team from the game. "She needs to stay in her lane. She ain't got enough on her resume, I could tell". BBB lost 53-43.

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