LaVar Ball has been making news recently for his comments about his son Lonzo being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the New Orleans Pelicans.
In his typical braggadocious way, Ball claimed the Lakers would not win a championship without his son. And while the sentiment made headlines and even more roll their eyes in annoyance, his most recent appearance on ESPN’s First Take has many angry.
Joining Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and host Molly Qerim Rose, Ball continued to discuss his son’s future in the NBA when Rose interrupted the back-and-forth between him and Stephen A., requesting to “shift gears” to another subject. His response?
“You can switch gears with me any time,” he replied.
The comment raised Qerim Rose’s eyebrows, but she kept it professional and moved on through the segment. At the end of the ordeal, the anchor joked on TV that she’d be getting a hold of HR after she gets off the air.
Molly Qerim jokes about calling HR after awkward exchange with LaVar Ball pic.twitter.com/4NMhhyBFxd— gifdsports (@gifdsports) June 17, 2019
ESPN didn’t take the comment lightly. "LaVar Ball's comment to Molly Qerim Rose was completely inappropriate," ESPN said in a statement to TMZ. "We made him aware of that."
TMZ even caught up with Qerim Rose after the program aired and asked her about it.
She says ESPN had her back on the matter. "ESPN was really supportive," Qerim told the celebrity news outlet. "All the executives had my back. Much appreciated."
When asked whether she received an apology from LaVar Ball or his team, she said, "I haven't heard from anybody, but to be honest with you, I shut my phone off after work."
Kudos to Molly Querim for the professional way she handled LaVar Ball after his inappropriate comment. Maybe ESPN will have finally learned its lesson about putting him on TV.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) June 17, 2019
You know what I wish? I wish the guys on the air with her would’ve had a STRONGER reaction. @MollyQerim is a friend and she held her own, but wish the dudes would’ve straight CALLED HIM OUT! #beaKING #ChangingtheNarrative 👑👑👑 https://t.co/zMNdegW1vm— Rachel JOY Baribeau (@RachelBaribeau) June 17, 2019
Y in the world is LaVar Ball even given the opportunity to ramble & rant on tv ? Nothing he says makes any sense & today wasn’t any different . Molly Q as many said was a real star during the interview . https://t.co/lKcRRfHNoP— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) June 18, 2019
Hey males, there is nothing funny about what Lavar Ball said to Molly Qerim. He was not "shooting his shot." He was sexist, rude, and should have been kicked off the show. If that's how you all are "shooting your shot," then we really ain't shit.— HartsUnknown (@HartsUnknown) June 17, 2019
Wow @maxkellerman @stephenasmith & @FirstTake kick this Bozo off the set.— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) June 17, 2019
You guys are better than this.
It’s not funny. Not interesting.
This is pathetic with LaVar Ball.
And he just disrespected @MollyQerim
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