The phrase has become a cult phenomenon. There's a questionable play call so something bad happens a few plays later to even things in the cosmos, and a nation cries in unison "Ball don't lie." We caught up with Ball for his thoughts on the matter.
I wrote a story about the struggle and triumphs Ball has faced in his career, including the fateful decision he made after Maradona's "Hand of God" play in the 1986 World Cup. Because he kept quiet after the play, he made a life changing decision.
That's when I decided to make some changes. I'd really slowed down my drug activity after the tether ball incident. (I) Rarely snorted any coke and only occasionally did heroin. I was really into whiskey and meth, but I decided to drop it all cold turkey after that play. Except for the occasional whiskey bender, I've done pretty well.
I also made the fateful decision to stop lying, forever.
Ball's account transcends all sports. This isn't a story about basketball or football or futball or baseball. It's simply a story about Ball.
Ball describes life in the 70's and has a message for the children of the world. He's also dealing with some anger issues.
You can read the entire compelling account here: