ESPN Reportedly Has "No Plans" To Work With LaVar Ball Following Inappropriate 'First Take' Comment
A representative for Ball said that his comment made to ESPN host Molly Qerim wasn’t meant to be sexual.
LaVar Ball is reportedly no longer welcome to ESPN after making a comment to a female host that was called “completely inappropriate” by the sports network.
A spokesperson for ESPN said the network has “no plans moving forward” in regards to working with Ball, according to The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch.
“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,'” Deitsch tweeted.
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
The inappropriate comment was made when Ball made an appearance on ESPN’s First Take show Monday, where he discussed his son, Lonzo Ball, who was a part of the trade deal that reportedly brought Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Qerim Rose, wanting to move on from the topic, said to Ball “can I switch gears with you because I have a question here,” to which he responded, “You can switch gears with me anytime.”
Ball, however, said that his comment toward Rose wasn’t intended to be “sexual in nature” despite the way it sounded on TV.
“[LaVar] was asked if he wanted to switch gears, in his mind switching gears was ‘changing the subject anytime’ and he said, ‘yes, you can switch gears with me anytime,'” Denise White, a rep for Ball, said in a statement. “At NO time was that intended or meant to be sexual in nature.”