Criticizing his son’s former teammates at UCLA wasn’t enough. Nor was disparaging the players Lonzo Ball will be battling for draft position.
LaVar Ball, the mouthpiece that never stops, took a few shots at a female reporter on Wednesday.
The father of Lonzo Ball, the former UCLA star and projected top-three NBA pick, went on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Fox Sports and got into a heated exchange with co-host Kristine Leahy. It began when Leahy asked Ball how many pairs of sneakers Big Baller Brand has sold, after he recently put the signature shoe on the market for a stunning $495.
“Stay in your lane,” Ball responded, dismissively putting his hand up in Leahy’s direction and turning to Cowherd. “I don’t even worry about her over there.
“I don’t look over there because she scares me. Leave me alone. I’ll tell you,” he said, then addressing Cowherd: “400, 500 pairs.”
Cowherd backed up Leahy, telling Ball she was a reporter.
“She can report to whoever she wants behind her,” Ball said, before addressing Leahy. “My problem with you is that you are a hater.”
Then, in a voice supposed to be mimicking Leahy, he said: “’I would never wear a Big Baller shirt.’ Well, good, don’t even talk to me. I heard you say it.”
Leahy didn’t back down, offering advice for his new company.
“In order to have a successful company, I think you are going to have to have women that like your brand,” she said.
Ball was not persuaded. He contended that his company is not for women and quickly dismissed her.
“Uh, yeah, if you have a women’s company,” Ball said. “But anyways. We talking about Big Baller Brand.”
Ball wasn’t done. He then attacked Fox Sports personality Jason Whitlock, who has been critical of him in the past.
“I don’t think he can comment on anything … but snacks,” Ball said.
Leahy then interjected again: “So you disrespect women and people for their weight?”
Unwilling to let it go, Ball said he does respect women, but ominously offered: “If you act like that, guess what? Something’s coming to you.”