Lonzo Ball is suing Alan Foster, a founder and 16.3 percent owner of Big Baller Brand, according to TMZ Sports. Foster is alleged to have stolen around $1.5 million from Ball and the company, and previously spent time in prison for his role in a Ponzi scheme. TMZ is reporting that "Ball claims Foster intentionally got close to his family knowing he was one of the best basketball players in the country and would likely go on to make millions in the NBA," and while details of the case are still unknown, the report adds that "it's well in excess of $2 million."
Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times confirmed that Ball is seeking damages greater than $2 million, but added some other pertinent details to the story. She reports that the suit claims that "Foster conspired to take millions of dollars and used those funds to buy property in Ethiopia." What exactly the purpose of those purchases might have been remains to be seen.
Ball has done everything in his power to distance himself from the company Foster helped build since firing him last month. He posted a picture on Instagram that seemed to indicate that he would be leaving Big Baller Brand for Nike. His manager, Darren Moore, posted a video showing him throwing a pair of Z02 shoes down a trash chute. Finally, Ball had his Big Baller Brand tattoo covered up with a pair of dice. He has gone out of his way to separate himself from the company in every way possible, a choice the rest of his family has not yet followed.