Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Lonzo Ball became a father back in July this year with longtime girlfriend Denise Garcia. The birth of their daughter Zoey was a special moment for both parents, However, over the last few months, rumors have risen to the surface about their relationship and Lonzo’s lack of presence as a father.
In the latest episode of ‘Ball in the Family’, Lonzo Ball spoke about the troubles of becoming a parent and how it’s affected his relationship with his girlfriend.
Lonzo started the episode be explaining how preparing for this season with the Los Angeles Lakers affected his relationship with his girlfriend by not allowing enough time to spend with his family.
“She gets kind of mad when I’m not there … It is what it is. I can’t really change my schedule at all. It’s a lot, but I gotta keep working … Me and Denise had a couple arguments. I know it’s tough on her that she has to do a lot of stuff right now by herself because I’m not there. She wants me to be there, but it’s pretty tough right now. She has to understand that.”
In terms of Denise’s side of things, Lonzo apparently only ever visits Zoey on Saturdays and leaves the following day. Denise has opened up more about how hard it is being a parent while her husband is playing in the NBA through many Instagram posts and stories.
“Things have been tough as far as getting help from Zo because I get absolutely no help from him.”
“I understand that his basketball career comes first, but our lives have changed dramatically. I knew it was going to change, but I didn’t know it would be this much of a change.”
Lonzo seems to be very much focused on his basketball career first as he admits that his future with the Los Angeles Lakers takes him away from spending quality family time. He certainly doesn’t cast any blame towards his girlfriend for her disappointment of being left alone to take care of their daughter, but he still can’t take time away from his one true goal.
“Denise wants to live the fairytale life right now. Unfortunately, I can’t really give that to her because I’m not there all the time. I just don’t know what else I can do. I don’t blame her for the way she feels and wanting me to do more, but right now, I gotta be focused on my profession. Not only for myself but for my family. A lot is on my shoulders to make sure I take care of business.”
It's not clear whether the relationship between the two is damaged beyond repair or if this is just another bump in the road of a long-term relationship. When asked about their relationship, Denise answered that the two were just parents and she sees Lonzo as ‘Zoey’s Dad’.
“We’re just parents, I guess. He’s Zoey’s dad … I just want us both to be happy. Whatever that means, so if it’s us together then fine. But if it’s not, then it’s not.”
It seems to be that the two parents still have the same amount of love for each other, but it may take more than just love for this family to stick together.
You can watch the full episode here.