LAVAR Ball spends a lot of his time throwing shade at anyone that has a bad word to say about him or his sons, but now Shaquille O’Neal has dunked all over the sports brat dad.
The NBA Hall of Famer released a rap song ripping LaVar to shreds, putting him in his place for daring to suggest he was the real “Big Baller”.
The loudmouth father of No. 2 NBA Draft pick Lonzo Ball has already made headlines for reportedly costing his son a $ 27 million sponsorship deal and shooting down Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving for his mum being dead. Now he’s become a three-minute long punchline.
Shaq’s roast is a brutal powerplay in a feud that started in May when LaVar released a signature sneaker costing $ 495 as part of the Big Baller Brand, which he promoted on behalf of newly recruited LA Laker Lonzo.
LaVar responded to Shaq’s attack on the price of his shoes by saying he and son LaMelo would “kill” O’Neal and his son Shareef in a game of two-on-two.
But O’Neal will be laughing loudest now as he destroyed the biggest sports brat around to the tune of a Jay-Z beat.
He starts off by smacking down LaVar’s claim to being the first Big Baller, referencing his famous Reebok shoes released in the 1990s and belittling Lonzo’s dad’s college basketball career.
Dudes talking loud, I don’t understand
Walking around like they the true Big Baller Brand
How you think that, Im about to spit facts
I walk in Reebok in ’92, I came out with them Shaqs
I’ve been doing this a long time
When you was averaging two points, riding the pine
You see my t shirts, you see my feet work
Big baller brand, that was me first
Later, Shaq boasts about his life-size bronze statue at the Lakers home stadium the Staples Centre and says “your ass is barbecue chicken in the post” before continuing with a series of weird and wonderful remarks.
Sit down man, you be doin’ the most
You know you’re your ass is barbecue chicken in the post
First you can beat Mike, then you can beat me
Wake that ass up, you havin’ a dream
And when you wake up, apologise
And bow down to my Staples Center statue hangin’ off the side
Of the building, excuse me, arena
Big Baller Brand trust, I am that
I hope you get the message, by telephone or fax
Cuz when I’m done, they gon’ remember me like Elvis Presley
Watch your mouth, don’t ever step outta line
Shaq O’Neal, bro — greatest of all time
TMZ provided audio of the song, which you can listen to here.
As catchy as the rap is, we doubt LaVar will be downloading it on iTunes anytime soon.
LAVAR BALL’S ‘DESPICABLE’ SEXIST RANT
LaVar Ball is back at it with his sexist rants.
The latest target? A female referee officiating a youth basketball game which Ball was coaching.
Now, after he received a technical foul from said female official during his Big Baller Brand team’s Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) game, he threatened to pull his team off the court. Instead, the official was replaced, and the game went on.
Ball had pulled his team off the floor in a game they were winning earlier in the week over frustration with referees.
On Saturday (AEST), Ball went off on the ref in question after the game.
“She’s got a vendetta,” Ball told ESPN. “I get that she’s trying to break into the refereeing thing. But just giving techs and calling fouls, that’s no way to do it. I know what she’s trying to say, ‘Oh I gave LaVar a tech, I’m strong.’ That ain’t got nothing to do with it. Just call the game.”
Ball’s assumption that the unnamed referee’s calls were a result of her gender — and her attempt to prove herself — is the kind of rhetoric supporters and critics of his have grown accustomed to.
And he was certainly not finished.
“She’s not in shape, she’s not calling the game right. And she don’t understand. And now she’s trying to make a name for herself, so she’s walking around like, ‘You know I’m the only woman in here.’ Yeah we get it,” he said.
“I don’t care if you’re a woman, or a man or whatever, just be good at what you do. She needs to stay in her lane because she ain’t ready for this. (Ref) the little kids first and then come up. Because she ain’t did enough. She ain’t got enough on her resume, I could tell.”
Christine Brennan of USA Today called Ball’s outburst a “despicable tirade”, outraged the official was replaced.
“It will come as a surprise to absolutely no one that the ridiculous LaVar Ball has once again made a fool of himself and a mockery of the values we hope our kids learn from sports,” she wrote.
“This should be unacceptable behaviour for any person in this country in 2017.”
It was not the first time Ball, whose son LaMelo stars on his AAU team, has broken out the “stay in your lane” argument about a woman.
He told Kristine Leahy of Fox Sports to do the same back in May when she questioned the price and sales of Ball’s line of basketball shoes.
After the game, former NBA ref Ed Rush — in charge of the company that supplies officials for the tournament — expressed his disbelief at Ball’s comments regarding a vendetta.
“How can you have a history and she (works women’s basketball) … She just arrived here two days ago,” he said.