Alan Foster claims Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball had torn ligaments in ankle, Lakers threatened to void contract if operated on
BBB co-founder Alan Foster has claimed Lonzo Ball had torn ligaments in his ankle which needed operation. However, the Los Angeles Lakers prevented any unauthorized procedure, threatening to void the point guard’s contract when he was still with them.
Foster made the stunning revelation in a YouTube video uploaded on Oct. 17. In his first public statement since being sued by LaVar Ball for embezzlement, Foster asserted that Lonzo’s season-ending ankle injury last season was a result of the Lakers’ negligence and LaVar’s poor training of his kids.
As Foster claimed, he advised Lonzo to undergo a procedure on his injured ankle after discovering the torn ligaments, only to be stopped by the Lakers.
He then emphasized that it was not the quality of the Big Baller Brand shoes that resulted to Lonzo’s injury.
Interestingly, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the incident last February. Per Charania’s report, Lonzo called Rob Pelinka before undergoing the procedure in Ohio.
Pelinka then warned Ball that they could void his contract if he pushes through with it. Zo then decided to stop it, with the Lakers arranging his transportation back to Los Angeles.
Lonzo Ball played in only 47 games for the Lakers last season before suffering his ankle injury — which eventually ruled him out for the rest of the season.
While it’s unknown what could have happened had Ball pushed through the surgery on his ankle as advised by Foster, the New Orleans Pelicans could only be thankful that he is healthy now.