June 20, 2021

Fathers determine the future of children. Absent fathers and non-traditional “families” lead to broken children. This is not conjecture.

The U.S. Department of Health found that 63% of teenage suicides are children from fatherless homes. Fatherless children are three times more likely to end up in prison by age 30 than kids with married mom and dad, according to a 2004 study in the Journal of Research on Adolescence. The 2014 documentary “Irreplaceable” expands further on the foregoing and spotlights the fatherless epidemic across the globe in the 21st century.

A child born out of wedlock in 1990 and before was called a bastard or illegitimate. Today, these children are said to be from “modern families,” which means single moms and homosexual parents. The latter is of course taboo to talk about in 2021. But a 2012 study published in the journal Social Science and Research found that children in these types of households fare far worse in nearly all measurable categories than those with a mother and father. Virtually all studies that show positive outcomes for children in homosexual households used convenience samples or non-representative samples.

Fatherhood should be celebrated every day of the year, not just one Sunday in June. It is not only the ultimate responsibility for men, but also the difference between productive and troubled children. There are millions of American fathers who deserve praise for the work they’ve done with their children, particularly their sons. But today, we’re highlighting a father who many boys wish they had.

Who is Lavar Ball?

The non-sports world was introduced to Mr. Lavar Ball when he did an interview on CNN in November 2017. Mr. Ball’s middle son, LiAngelo, was caught shoplifting in China while on a trip with his UCLA basketball teammates. President Donald Trump wanted credit for getting LiAngelo released from custody, while mainstream media wanted to perpetually chastise the then-19-year-old basketball player.

Mr. Ball said it was him and his team who supported and ultimately got his son out of China within 24 hours after the news broke. Chris Cuomo, the CNN host, spent the entire interview telling Mr. Ball that he must “thank President Trump” and take responsibility for his son’s action. Mr. Ball, in only the way he could, made clear that LiAngelo simply made a mistake, is a straight-A student, and had never been in any trouble in his life. Cuomo went from interrogator at the beginning of the interview, to laughing and joking with Mr. Ball by the end.

Lavar Ball grew up in South Los Angeles. He played both football and basketball in college. But his most memorable time was playing football at Division II Cal-State Los Angeles with three of his brothers. He met with wife, Tina, at the school as well. Mr. Ball, who stands at 6’6, is neither shy nor coy about why he chose his 6-foot tall bride. “I picked her for the genes,” he said. Mr. Ball wanted a sweet woman who could bare tall sons that he could train and nurture into NBA superstars. As crude as that may sound, Lavar and Tina did just that.

Three millionaire sons

Lonzo Ball is Lavar’s eldest son. The 6’6 point guard played one season at UCLA before being picked second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2017 NBA Draft at age 19. Lonzo has suffered several injuries in his first four NBA seasons. But this past season with the New Orleans Hornets was his best so far. He averaged a career high 14.6 points and improved his free throw percentage from 57% in 2019-20, to 78% in the 2020-21 season.

The aforementioned LiAngelo Ball is the middle son. He played one game at UCLA at shooting guard. Lavar pulled his son out of UCLA due to his indefinite suspension after the China incident. LiAngelo signed a professional contract with the Lithuanian Basketball League in December 2017. Lavar also pulled his youngest son, then-16-year-old LaMelo, out of high school to also play professionally in Lithuania. Lavar was criticized by sports media for being a bad parent and forcing LaMelo to “miss the prom” and other high school activities.

LiAngelo has suffered several injuries in his professional career and ran into bad luck with the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns. But the 6’5 shooting guard has a great stroke from behind the three-point line. He is just 22 years old and is likely to sign with the Detroit Pistons for the 2021-22 season. Meanwhile LaMelo was the third overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets. He won the NBA Rookie of the Year and is well on his way to stardom.

Lavar – the true alpha father, husband and man

Polarizing, brash and controversial are three words that follow Lavar Ball. But many boys wish they had a father like Lavar who supported their dreams and raised them for success. Mr. Ball has several business ventures, including the Big Baller Brand that makes everything from sneakers to hot sauce and bottled water.

Mr. Ball attempted to start his own basketball league in 2018 – the Junior Basketball Association. Everyone in sports media criticized the league and collectively willed it to fail. But Lavar started the league and did something few people have accomplished. Remember, this is the man who declared that he could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one in his prime.

He’s confident. He’s cocksure. Lavar Ball backs down from nobody, including the President of the United States. And he instilled that mentality in his three sons. Now they are all successful millionaires with unlimited potential.

Mr. Ball is well-connected to his Internal Monologue System (IMS). The man knows who he is and what he is. He always puts his family first and understands he would be nothing without Tina. He loves his three sons. Mr. Ball lives on the alpha brain wavelength. He is naturally in the alpha mindset at all-times. But a lot of men in 2021 need training to achieve that mindset.

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