Michelle Beadle was not about to allow LaVar Ball to dominate a discussion of his son, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, during a Thursday’s edition of ESPN’s “SportsNation.”
Beadle listened as panelist LZ Granderson brought up the outspoken, elder Ball’s name during the aforementioned discussion about his son.
“No, we’re not speaking of his father,” Beadle said, via the New York Post.
Granderson made note that LaVar Ball has been conspicuously quiet of late, Beadle suggested that’s a good thing.
“Because he’s not in the country. Let it stay that way,” Beadle retorted.
The controversial juxtaposition between LaVar Ball and ESPN’s extensive — and some argue, excessive — coverage of him came to a head recently when the nature of the relationship was blasted by several NBA coaches — not to mention one ESPN NBA analyst — although he does have one defender among big names in the league.
The Ball-ESPN controversy originally was spawned by a much-ballyhooed report from ESPN in which the elder Ball claimed Lakers head coach Luke Walton has lost his players. Ball’s outspoken and oft-critical comments on the team has reportedly been causing internal strife within the Lakers organization.
All that aside, it was clear Beadle wasn’t about to allow the Ball side-story die down without taking one parting shot. When panelist Marcellus Wiley compared Ball to an uncle at a BBQ, Beadle was not having it. She proceeded to not only blast Ball’s character but also his business acumen as head honcho of Big Baller Brand.
“He’s not my uncle, I can tell you that right now,” Beadle said. “He is not my uncle at any BBQ. He’s obnoxious, misogynist, he hasn’t been able to back up anything because his companies are hot garbage. Better Business Bureau is like, ‘Get out of here. This is trash.’ He’s backed up nothing. He’s backed up nothing!”