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Mother alleges Hornets' Ball hit son with car

Tamaria McRae is suing LaMelo Ball after he allegedly struck her son with his car during an attempt to obtain Ball's autograph in October 2023.


  • May 22 2024
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Mother alleges Hornets' Ball hit son with car
Mother alleges Hornets' Ball hit son with car

A North Carolina mother is suing the Charlotte Hornets and LaMelo Ball after the team's star guard allegedly struck her son with his vehicle during an attempt to obtain Ball's autograph.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday and obtained by ESPN, the alleged incident occurred in early October 2023, when the Hornets hosted a fan-focused event at the Spectrum Center in downtown Charlotte called "Purple and Teal Day at the Hive."

After attending the event, Tamaria McRae stated that her then-11-year-old son Angell Joseph -- who is now 12 -- stood outside the arena's employee entrance when Ball's SUV exited the arena.

Ball then stopped at a nearby traffic light and fans, including Joseph, approached Ball. McRae said that Ball looked at her son as he stood next to Ball's car and then, when the light turned green, she alleged that Ball drove "in a grossly negligent and reckless manner in that he accelerated his vehicle forward suddenly and without warning and struck" her son, "severely injuring him."

She claimed that Ball then left the scene.

The complaint doesn't specify the nature of the injury, and a request for comment from McRae's attorney wasn't immediately returned.

McRae alleged that the injury caused severe physical pain and emotional distress from a player her son considered his hero. In the lawsuit, McRae is seeking damages in excess of $25,000. The Hornets declined to comment. Ball's agent didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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