LaVar Ball was on ESPN’s First Take on Monday where he spoke about a bevy of issues, including his son Lonzo who was recently traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. He also predicted that his youngest son LaMelo would end up being the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft which is certainly an incredibly bold proclamation. Perhaps the most egregious thing LaVar said during his appearance was directed at the show’s moderator, Molly Qerim. When Qerim went to change topics and “switch gears,” Ball said she could “switch gears with [him] anytime,” with left her cringing and feeling uncomfortable.
Since then, ESPN has stated that the comments were “inappropriate,” while also showing support for their on-air talent. Today, journalist Richard Deitsch tweeted about a conversation he had with a spokesperson at ESPN who said they have “no plans” to have Ball make another appearance on the network.