Better Business Bureau Warns About LaVar Ball's Company
Nonprofit organization gives Ball's apparel company an 'F'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2018 11:00 AM CST
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LaVar Ball speaks during a news conference in Prienai, Lithuania, on Friday. Sons LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball have both signed a one-year contract to play for a Lithuanian professional basketball club.   (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

(Newser) – The father of one of the UCLA students who was arrested and detained for shoplifting in China last year now has his own issues to deal with stateside. TMZ Sports reports the Better Business Bureau has slammed Big Baller Brand, an apparel company launched by LaVar Ball, with an "F," its worst rating. The BBB says it's received 33 formal complaints, and that of the reviews of Big Baller it has on record, 41 aren't complimentary, and exactly zero offer praise. "This is very definitely substandard normal business practices for anybody," Blair Looney, head of central California's BBB, tells TMZ.

The Bleacher Report notes that "the idea that you get what you pay for apparently doesn't apply" to Ball's company, as prices for activewear are steep—a pair of sandals costs $220, for example—but customers are complaining they're either receiving the wrong items in their order or never getting them at all. It's not the first time Ball's company has received unwanted attention: Last May, the Washington Post noted that an Argentine company known as Baller Brand accused Ball's company of ripping off their streetwear and lifestyle brand, and in July, the Complex mused whether Ball's company was nothing more than a "marketing machine" for another son, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball. The BBB says Big Baller Brand didn't return its calls on the most recent hubbub; TMZ says the same.

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