Denies making "sexual" comments
… to Molly Qerim from ESPN
12:38 PT – ESPN issued a statement in which it stated: "LaVar Ball's comment to Molly Qerim Rose was completely inappropriate and we informed her."
LaVar Ball is categorical the comments that he made to ESPN's antenna Molly Qerim Monday were not meant to be "sexual in nature" … despite the way that sounded on live television.
The Big Baller Brand Manager appeared on "First Take" to discuss the successful trade that sent his son, Lonzo Ball, from L. Lakers to pelicans in New Orleans … when the situation slipped.
When Molly asked LaVar if she could "shift gears" and rotate on another subject, LaVar replied, "You can change gears with me at any time."
LaVar hits Molly Qerim during the First Take interview? Jalen Rose will break it lol pic.twitter.com/HeIB9CFIxH
– gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 17, 2019
Several people condemned the comments, including the former star of ESPN Jemele Hill … saying, "Congratulations to Molly [Qerim] for her professionalism, she treated LaVar Ball after her inappropriate comment. Maybe ESPN will finally have learned its lesson on putting it on TV. "
Now, the representative of LaVar, Denise White, publishes a statement from Camp BBB … saying: "[LaVar] He was asked if he wanted to change gears. In his mind, changing the subject was "change the subject at any time" and he replied, "Yes, you can change the subject with me at any time. At no time did he or did he want to be of a sexual nature? "
This is not the first time that LaVar is under fire from the critics he's given to a woman – in 2017, he told FS1 Kristine Leahy "stay in your lane" after she asked him about his parenting style.
Originally Published – 12:18 PT