LaVar Ball gets roundly criticized for the brash, crazy and sometimes hateful things that he’s said in the media in an effort to build up his family’s brand, both the shoe company they own and the fame he strives for.
And deservedly so.
Some of what he does is, simply put, wrong.
But credit where credit is due: This is a pretty cool gesture from LaVar. From the Facebook page of Michael Henry, an LA car dealer:
“Lavar Ball gets a lot of negative press for the brash and sometimes downright crazy things he says and does,” Henry wrote. “I had the pleasure of selling him a truck that he bought for his long time handyman Felipe [whose] truck went out of commission days before. He and his family were asked to come to Carmax to come see his wife Tina. To their surprise, a 2017 Toyota Tundra was waiting for them and the moment was priceless. You will definitely see Lavar Ball in a different light after watching this video.”
Felipe has worked for the Ball family for 15 years, according to ESPN.com, who spoke to LaVar.
Not only did LaVar get Felipe a new truck, but he gave him a job as a property manager for the Big Baller Brand.
I’m conditioned to be cynical of anything that a celebrity does. I’m sure I’m not the only one that sees something like this — something someone as business savvy as LaVar Ball knows will go viral — and immediately assumes that it is a marketing ploy.
Because it probably is.
But look at Felipe’s reaction. Whether or not LaVar did this to get attention isn’t the point here. He made that man’s day when he didn’t have to, and that is a really nice gesture.