Los Angeles Lakers second-year point guard Lonzo Ball has joined J.R. Smith on the NBA's tattoo supervision squad, with the league contacting him to let him know that his new, 'Big Baller Brand' ink shouldn't be displayed between games.
The 20-year-old returned to play for the Lakers on Wednesday, following a spell on the sidelines after undergoing surgery over the summer, and he was seen wearing a piece of tape over his tattoo.
According to TMZ Sports, the player was reminded that league rules prohibit the display of any commercial logos or insignia on their body or hair ahead of his return to the court.
With NBA cracking down on JR Smith’s Supreme tattoo, Lonzo Ball covered up his Big Baller Brand tattoo. Wonder if the NBA will make him cover up his own logo further up on his arm when the season starts. pic.twitter.com/JjDb0vSFTo— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 13, 2018
"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," TMZ reported.
"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."
The NBA has taken a stronger stance over their laws regarding such as of recently and left Smith quite frustrated after reaching out to him to ask him to cover up the 'SUPREME' tattoo on his leg.
Given that the ink represents a brand of clothing, the Cavaliers star was in direct violation of the rules and faced being fined for every game he played with the tattoo displayed. Ball's tattoo also falls under the same category as the 'Big Baller Brand' - founded by his father LaVar Ball - specializes in the sale of clothing and merchandise.
Just like JR Smith, Lonzo Ball has been asked to cover his TripleB tattoo or he would be fined. pic.twitter.com/kLaV7KWxVw— Ballbrothers123 (@BallBros123) October 11, 2018
Smith has already lashed out at the NBA for their forcing him to hide his tattoo, posting an angry response on Instagram after being contacted by the league office.
And, while Lonzo might not be too bothered with having to cover his up, we can imagine his dad will have quite a lot to say on the issue.