Lonzo Ball‘s famous Big Baller Brand arm tattoo was covered up during his pre-season debut with the Lakers on Wednesday night … and it’s all because the NBA asked him to keep it under wraps.
Just like J.R. Smith, the NBA reached out to Ball about his tattoo — and reminded him about a league rule that prohibits players from “displaying any commercial logos or corporate insignia on their body or in their hair.”
Smith has the “Supreme” logo on his right leg — and said the NBA told him he’d be fined for every game it was covered up.
Since the same rules apply to Ball — with BBB being an apparel brand — the Lakers tell us he decided to put tape (it could be a bandage) over the logo while the team played the Golden State Warriors at T-Mobile Arena in Vegas.
Ball could probably afford the fine since he’s in the middle of a 4-year, $33 million contract — but ultimately decided it just wasn’t worth it.
As for J.R. Smith, he covered his tattoo with a piece of tape when the Cavs played the Pacers in Cleveland earlier this week.