LaVar Ball was criticized for making an "inappropriate" remark to an ESPN hostess on Monday, the network officially condemning him.
Ball made these comments during ESPN's "first catch" on Monday morning about his son, Lonzo Ball, who was part of the commercial deal that would have brought Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Lakers. Angeles.
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Molly Qerim, the facilitator, tried to put the show back on track after Ball started directing it, saying, "LaVar, can I change the subject with you because I have a question right here."
"You can change the subject with me at any time," replied Ball during the live interview, causing an uproar on social networks.
At the end of the series, Qerim would have hinted at Ball's comments stating, "If anyone calls RH today, it's me."
ESPN issued a statement condemning Ball's comments and stated that he had been informed.
"The comments of LaVar Ball Molly Qerim Rose were completely inappropriate and we let him know," reads the statement, according to Larry Brown Sports.
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Jemele Hill, editor for Atlantic magazine who left the network last year as a result of controversial comments about President Trump, congratulated the host for dealing with the big mouth live but suggested to ESPN to stop broadcasting Ball.
"Congratulations to Molly Querim for the professional manner in which she treated LaVar Ball after her inappropriate comment. Maybe ESPN will finally have learned its lesson on putting it on television, "she wrote.
Ball fought back against the critics and issued a statement in which he claimed that he was not trying to be inappropriate and that the meaning of his comment was being misinterpreted.
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"[LaVar] He was asked if he wanted to change gears. In his mind, changing the subject was "changing the subject at any time" and he replied, "Yes, you can change the subject with me at any time." At no time was it really intended or intended to be of a sexual nature, "the statement said, reported TMZ.