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ESPN reportedly cutting off LaVar Ball after ‘completely inappropriate’ comment to Molly Qerim

first_imgBall then appeared to profit off the controversy by selling shirts.The Big Baller Brand is apparently ready to profit off the LaVar Ball – Kristine Leahy “Stay in Your Lane” argument— Allan Bell (@AllanBell247) May 25, 2017Needless to say, ESPN can condemn Ball for his actions, but it truly means nothing as long as the company continues to give him a platform. UPDATE: An ESPN spokesperson told Richard Deitsch of The Athletic on Wednesday that the network “has no plans moving forward” to use Ball as an on-air guest, on-the-record digital source or background source for the network after his comment to Qerim. Ball’s attorney, Denise White, later disputed Deitsch’s report, claiming Ball has been offered a weekly role at an ESPN Radio affiliate. White did not disclose the affiliate. ESPN has not commented publicly on either report.ORIGINAL ARTICLE: ESPN has released a statement following LaVar Ball’s controversial appearance on “First Take” on Monday.”LaVar Ball’s comment to Molly Qerim Rose was completely inappropriate,” ESPN said in a statement to TMZ. “We made him aware of that.”The network’s statement was in reference to Ball’s remark to the show’s female host.LaVar shooting his shot at Molly Qerim during First Take interview? Jalen Rose gonna bust him up lol— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 17, 2019Qerim said to Ball, “LaVar, can I switch gears with you because I have a question here.”Ball responded, “You can switch gears with me anytime.”Qerim handled the situation professionally and appeared to refer back to the incident at the very end of the show:Molly Qerim jokes about calling HR after awkward exchange with LaVar Ball— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 17, 2019″If anyone’s calling HR today it’s me,” Qerim said. MORE: LaVar reacts to Lakers trading LonzoBall’s rep, Denise White, told TMZ that Ball didn’t mean that remark to be “sexual in nature.””[LaVar] was asked if he wanted to switch gears,” White said. “In his mind switching gears was ‘changing the subject anytime’ and he said, ‘’Yes, you can switch gears with me anytime.’ At NO time was that intended or meant to be sexual in nature.”This isn’t the first time Ball has been criticized for comments he made to a female broadcaster.In 2017, he got into an on-air argument with FS1’s Kristine Leahy, and told her to “stay in your lane” after she questioned him about how many Big Baller Brand shoes he had sold.last_img read more