LaVar Ball is one to speak his mind without repercussions, and it seems like that’s what has gotten him in trouble with ESPN.
In a recent sit-down with the network’s First Take crew, LaVar spoke on his son Lonzo being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, among other things, while making a remark that had many questioning his intentions. At one point in the talk, the show’s moderator, Molly Qerim, changed the topic and “switched gears,” to which Ball made a remark stating that she could “switch gears with him anytime,” which seemingly left her feeling uncomfortable.
Lavar Ball needs to take it down about 800 levels pic.twitter.com/J5Jl4oBvIB
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 17, 2019
ESPN has since stated that the comments were “inappropriate,” as they showed support for their worker. However, this does not mean Ball has been permanently banned from the network. Considering he’s also invited to other networks a lot, fans of LaVar shouldn’t have to worry about seeing him again anytime soon.
There will be no LaVar Ball on any ESPN platform heading forward — at least as of now. Asked if Ball will be used as an on-air guest, an on-the-record source for digital, or a background source for ESPN, an ESPN spokesperson said,”We have no plans moving forward.”
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) June 19, 2019