By Steve Samek
Social Media strikes again. This time it’s 2017 2nd overall pick Lonzo Ball against 2013 WNBA 2nd overall pick in Elena Delle Donne. The two are matched up in a twitter battle over what seems to be a misunderstanding.
Ball wore a pair of $495 Big Baller brand shoes in a summer league game on Friday. Delle Donne tweeted that it would be something to see the shoe get blown out. A joke was then thrown in that Ball should have just signed with Nike for a designer shoe. Delle Donne is sponsored by Nike and has her own shoe. http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/basketball/elena-delle-donne.
Social media responded in the negative, as people thought that she wanted Ball injured. http://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id/19919252/elena-delle-donne-says-lonzo-ball-sneaker-tweet-was-joke. She then apologized in another tweet, saying she is a fan of Ball, just not his shoes.
Lavar Ball fired back at Delle Donne and her choice of Nike, but the tweets seemed to have calmed down. Delle Donne wasn’t happy with fans twisting her words though. This is rightfully so. It would have been rude to wish injury on another player. Having them break equipment, isn’t ideal, but it’s just a harmful bit of teasing. The fans overreacted on this one.
Ball isn’t in the clear yet though. Joel Embiid made a video in which he used vulgar directed toward another player. This player was Lonzo. Jabs were also made at Lavar. This is the second time Embiid has directed comments at Ball. In June Embiid and Ben Simmons took to social media to express displeasure with comments Lonzo made about the Lakers making the playoffs. http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19921313/joel-embiid-philadelphia-76ers-fined-10000-nba-inappropriate-language-social-media.
Embiid received a $10,000 fine for his posts. The league called it inappriate use of language on social media. This could be the first case of fines for this season. The NBA is committing itself to stopping Twitter wars and promoting responsible use of social media by the franchises and players in the league. http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19921313/joel-embiid-philadelphia-76ers-fined-10000-nba-inappropriate-language-social-media. This was the subject of a memo sent to all teams in February. Play nice children, use social media responsibly.