ESPN Bans Trump Critic LaVar Ball

The biggest clown in professional sports, LaVar Ball, just got exactly what he deserved. The only question is why didn’t this happen a long time ago?

This is how you deal with guys like Ball – take away their microphone and do not give them a platform.

“There will be no LaVar Ball on any ESPN platform heading forward — at least as of now.” tweeted out a sports reporter.

“Asked if Ball will be used as an on-air guest, an on-the-record source for digital, or a background source for ESPN, an ESPN spokesperson said, “We have no plans moving forward.”

From The Daily Caller: An ESPN representative told Richard Deitsch that the network has “no plans moving forward” of giving Ball a platform after a recent on-air comment.

During an appearance on “First Take,” the head of the Ball family told Molly Qerim that she can “switch gears” with him “anytime.”

ESPN might currently plan on shutting LaVar Ball down going forward, but I don’t expect that to last very long.

As dumb as LaVar can be at times, he still generates ratings. If ESPN thinks it’s good for ratings, then you can guarantee they’ll have him back.

Was what he said to Molly Qerim smart? Obviously not. It was insanely stupid, but I don’t expect that to mean he’s banned from ESPN forever.

As soon as it looks like LaMelo is going to potentially be the top pick next season, I’m sure LaVar will go right back to having a major platform.

Ratings drive everything in the world of entertainment, which is where ESPN operates.

From NBC: The father of UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball still isn’t crediting President Donald Trump with helping to free his son after his arrest in China — but LaVar Ball did send the president a cheeky gift from his sports apparel line.

Ever the promoter, LaVar Ball told “Today” on Tuesday that while he refuses to thank Trump, he mailed a few pairs of Big Baller Brand sneakers to the White House.

“I sent him three pair — red, white, and blue — to show him we patriotic,” Ball said.

LiAngelo Ball, 18, was one of three UCLA team members detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting last month, a day before Trump arrived overseas to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. On the morning of the players’ release, Trump told reporters he “had a great conversation” with his Chinese counterpart about letting them return home.

While all three basketball players thanked Trump at a news conference once they were back on U.S. soil, LaVar Ball has played down Trump’s role in bringing them home, prompting furious tweets from the president.

“It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME,” Trump tweeted on Nov. 22. “Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.”