Well, if you are looking to tune in to ESPN to get a ridiculous moment between anyone and LaVar Ball, you are out of luck. ESPN says they are banning LaVar ball from their network after his comments towards Molly Qerim on his previous appearance on First Take.
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
According to Deitsch, an ESPN spokesperson said they have “no plans moving forward” to use Ball as an on-air guest, an on-the-record source for digital or a background source for ESPN.
The news comes two days after Ball appeared on First Take to discuss the blockbuster Anthony Davis trade that sent his son, Lonzo Ball, from the Lakers to the Pelicans. Qerim asked Ball if she could “switch gears with you because I have a question here,” to which Ball responded, “You can switch gears with me anytime.”
Here’s the clip:
LaVar probably should tone it down 25 notches ?
— Sports ON Tap (@SONTHighlights) June 17, 2019
A representative for Ball issued a statement to TMZ after his appearance and insisted that his comment was “at NO time intended or meant to be sexual in nature.” ESPN condemned Ball and called his comment “completely inappropriate,”indicating it had told Ball as much.
Yeah. We’ll see how long this lasts. Look, Ball can be an absolute idiot but man, he makes for entertaining television and TV at the end of the day is supposed to be entertaining. I fully expect to see LaVar back on ESPN by the beginning of the NBA season at the latest.