In the wake of the controversial statement made by LaVar Ball to “First Take” host Molly Qerim during a recent segment on ESPN, the most prominent helicopter parent in the world has been temporarily banned from all platforms on the network.
If Charles Barkley had his way, Ball would never be allowed to show his face on television — on any network — ever again.
Speaking with TMZ Sports, Barkley blasted Ball, calling him an idiot.
“Wherever LaVar Ball is, there’s a village missing an idiot,” Barkley said. … “We should just keep LaVar off television. That would be the best way to be.”
Barkley said it’s a shame that Ball has had a negative impact on his son, Lonzo Ball. “It’s really unfair to his son. His son is a good player and a nice kid,” Barkley said.
There has been quite a bit of debate over Ball’s latest comments to Qerim, with some prominent figures coming to Ball’s defense. Most recently, Dez Bryant tweeted support for Ball while blasting Qerim.
@MollyQerim I’m late but I just seen the espn video of you and lavar ball… just being real.. you owe that man an apology straight up… I didn’t even sense foul play from him… you dramatically overreacted.. mature women like Doris Burke need those jobs
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) June 23, 2019
Clearly, not everyone stands with Sir Charles on this point.
— YARD BARKER