As of this weekend, Lonzo Ball is now the point guard for the Pelicans, and as a result, I’d argue we don’t really have a reason to care about him anymore now that he’s done in Los Angeles.
However, after the trade was announced, you knew it was only a matter of time until LaVar Ball started making the rounds and, well, it’s certainly been an interesting few days.
After boldly claiming the Lakers will never win another championship after parting ways with his son, the patriarch of the Ball family chatted with Stephen A. Smith on First Take and made a fool out of himself for the 1,356th time in the past couple of years by claiming the trade was part of his master plan all along.
However, he truly kicked things into high gear after appearing to make a sexual comment concerning Molly Qerim.
While Ball claimed he didn’t mean anything by it, it still resulted in a stern rebuke from ESPN, which released a statement saying:
“LaVar Ball’s comment to Molly Qerim Rose was completely inappropriate and we made him aware of that.”
The network has been riding the Ball wave for a while in pursuit of those sweet, sweet ratings, but on Wednesday, it appeared they’d finally reached the end of their rope when it was reported Ball had been blackballed from the outlet.
However, after Deitsch tweeted that out, Ball’s manager Denise White went on an absolute tear to rebuke the claim, saying Ball had already been asked to appear on ESPN Radio for a weekly segment.
She then decided to call out a number of outlets for reporting the news with identical tweets just for good measure.
Whether or not he’ll continue to appear on ESPN, there’s one thing that’s for certain: this isn’t the last we’ve heard from LaVar.