Lonzo Ball says ‘it hurt a lot’ to sever ties with Alan Foster
Speaking to Jacob Rude of USA Today, Ball explained why this was one of the most hurtful experiences he has had in his life. For the 21-year-old, the worst part of this whole fiasco is the fact that he was betrayed by someone he practically trusted with his life.
“We just put so much trust in him,” Ball explained. “So, when that came out in October – like I said, he’s like my second dad – I just talked to him and I didn’t think there was anything wrong with it when he gave me his story. Looking back at it, obviously I wish we would have jumped on it back in October. But I’m glad we still caught it.”
Foster allegedly stole millions of dollars from BBB for his personal consumption, and is currently in a legal battle with Ball with regards to the alleged embezzled funds.
However, Ball went on to say that despite how difficult it has been, this experience has allowed him to have a new perspective in life, and how he has emerged as a better man following this tragic turn of events.
“Nothing’s perfect,” Ball reflected. “Life is full of ups and downs. Obviously it hurt me just because of a lot of stuff I’ve been through with him, a lot of decisions he’s made on my behalf. It hurt. It hurt a lot. I’ve known him since I was like 12. It kind of hit me. But I’m over it now. I’m trying to stay positive and move on to bigger and better.”
Ball made only 45 appearances for the Lakers this year after his season was cut short due to an ankle injury. In his second year with the squad, the former UCLA standout averaged 9.9 points, 1.6 three-pointers, 5.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.4 blocks in 30.3 minutes of action.