LaMelo Ball's time in the JBA international tour went off the rails early when the 17-year-old was ejected for fighting in the team's third game on Oct. 1.
By that time, LaVar had already pinned his dashed hopes of an undefeated tour on his son and told LaMelo that he was "terrible." So, when that fight unfolded the very next game in Lithuania, LaVar was seeing red. He was livid.
The latest episode of "Ball in the Family" on Facebook Watch detailed exactly how LaVar responded to the embarrassment of that brawl. He went off on LaMelo in the locker room in front of the entire team, and he didn't hold back.
“You a selfish (expletive). You get tapped in the head, I told your ass we can not (expletive) respond like that. You of all people, but you let me down. You (expletive) up my brand, you (expletive) up my game. We don’t win because your ass (expletive) [pretends to fight] ‘let’s go, what’cha wanna do?’ Son, I told your ass, I said you’re getting on my bad last nerve because you’re doing the wrong (expletive) over and over and over. I thought you had my back. You don’t care about nobody on the team. You don’t care about winning. You care about yourself. And I’m supposed to be calm.
“You new guys, I brought you over here to block a (expletive) shot. ... You might as well go back home. Come over here and play. I thought you ya’ll was hungry for a (expletive) job. Ain’t nobody getting no job playing like this. Ain’t nobody getting no job. But I tell you what, I blame this, this loss right here not on none of ya’ll. Cause ya’ll need to do your thing. I blame it on that raggedy (expletive) right there [pointing at LaMelo]. You changed the whole, the whole trip is (expletive) up now.”
Later that night, he had another talk with LaMelo where he expressed his disappointment in his son. This time, without raising his voice.