Sportress of Blogitude

LaVar Ball: I was a better TE than Rob Gronkowski ‘in my heyday’

Just when we thought LaVar Ball couldn’t be more outrageous when making claims about his athletic prowess, the outspoken self-promoter has somehow upped the ante.

That’s right. Ball has now transitioned from making questionable claims about his apparent talents on the basketball court and moved on to the gridiron.

Ball recently proclaimed he could beat Michael Jordan in a game of 1-on-1. MJ later responded by saying Ball couldn’t outplay him even he played on one leg, which prompted Ball to respond in kind by saying he could beat the best basketball player ever with one hand.

Pay-Per-View. Gotcha.

But Ball wasn’t done making boisterous comments, either. During an appearance Tuesday on “The Really Big Show” on Cleveland’s ESPN 850 WKNR, Ball also suggested he was a better tight end than New England Patriots superstar Rob Gronkowski back in the day.

“Me or Gronk? Gronkowski can’t hang with me back in my heyday, too fast, too strong, I’m just an athlete,” Ball said. “Here’s the thing, once you gotta get in the right situation, where somebody really believes in you, that’s when you can take off to a whole ‘nother level.”

For Ball to say he was superior tight end to Gronkowski is of course ridiculous. But to be fair — not to mention arguably discredit his claim at the same time — Ball was in training camp with the New York Jets and later landed on the Carolina Panthers practice squad back during the 1994-95 season. Things didn’t pan out in the NFL so Ball moved on to the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football, where he appeared in a grand total of zero games.

Ball obviously doesn’t measure up to Gronkowski, arguably one of the finest, most talented tight ends ever to play in the NFL. As noted above, Ball is a shameless self-promoter —  — and so long as people are talking about him and his Big Baller Brand, any backlash is fine with him.

After all, there’s no such thing as bad publicity, at least from Ball’s perspective.