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LaVar Ball Barred From ESPN After Live TV Comments Towards Molly Qerim

ESPN has announced earlier today that the network has no future plans to feature LaVar Ball on any of their programs. 

This came as a response after the Big Baller Brand’s founder made innuendo comments towards sportscaster Molly Qerim during a live segment on First Take. 

Ball was on the show to discuss his reaction and his ‘take’ on his son, point guard Lonzo, being traded to the Pelicans as part of the Anthony Davis trade. 

Qerim asked Ball to if they can switch topics on the show, then he made a remark that shocked everyone including co-hosts Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman. 

A video from Twitter of the comment is in a link below. 

A lot of people were upset about the comment and the internet responded to the backlash.

Sports personalities including basketball broadcaster and former coach Dick Vitale provided feedback on the comment. 

Just a few hours after the show went off the air, ESPN thoroughly announced that, as mentioned, Ball will no longer be featured in any program after the remark. 

A tweet by Richard Deistch confirmed that the network told Ball his comment was deemed inappropriate. It also featured a press statement from an unnamed ESPN spokesperson. 

Responding to the ban, Qerim said that Ball’s comments were ‘completely inappropriate’ and that everyone at ESPN ‘had her back’ while waiting for ESPN’s decision on Ball’s future interviews. 

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