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Allen Park — Eric Ebron is a noted sneakerhead, but there’s no way the Detroit Lions tight end is ponying up the lofty asking price for the much-hyped (or is that widely panned?) ZO2, the initial offering from Lonzo Ball’s Big Baller Brand.

“I would never purchase those shoes,” Ebron said. “I’ve got every shoe known to man, but not those. Those won’t be in my closet.”

Why not?

“First of all, I’m not paying $495 for someone that’s unproven,” he said. “I wish him the best. I believe he’ll be great. I loved his game at UCLA, but I’m not going to pay $495 for your shoes when Michael Jordan’s are $200, $250. It doesn’t make sense.”

Coincidentally, Ebron played college football for North Carolina, Jordan’s alma mater.

The ZO2, which were unveiled earlier this month, have been universally mocked for their outrageous price tag. Along with the shoes, Big Baller Brand also announced $220 sandals.

Reportedly, 500 pairs of the two products were sold in the first week.

Prior to the launch of the Big Baller Brand, Ball’s outspoken father LaVar suggested he was looking for a $1 billion endorsement deal for Lonzo and his two young brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo.

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