ESPN officially reprimanded LaVar Ball on Tuesday for a remark the media personality and former athlete made to “First Take” co-host Molly Qerim Rose on Monday.
“LaVar Ball’s comment to Molly Qerim Rose was completely inappropriate and we made him aware of that,” the network said in a statement.
Ball, father of NBA player Lonzo Ball and creator of Big Baller Brand, was making an appearance on “First Take” when Qerim Rose said she wanted to “switch gears” and move on to another topic, to which Ball responded, “You can switch gears with me anytime.”
Qerim Rose brushed the comment off, telling Ball “let’s stay focused here.”
Lavar Ball really just made this comment to Molly Qerim on live TV. Props to Molly for the way she handled it. #FirstTake pic.twitter.com/BIP6Kwc777
— Dave Barabas (@barabas_dave) June 17, 2019
Now we have Molly’s take on the situation.
“ESPN was really supportive,” Qerim told us Tuesday morning in NYC … “All the executives had my back. Much appreciated.”
The network quickly condemned Ball’s comments to Qerim on Monday as “inappropriate” — when he told her, “You can switch gears with me anytime.”
We asked Molly if LaVar (or anyone in the Ball family) had reached out to apologize — and she told us, “I haven’t heard from anybody, but to be honest with you I shut my phone off after work.”
As for her how famous NBA star husband, Jalen Rose, handled the situation — Molly says, “I think Jalen would have just liked if [LaVar] would have apologized to me publicly.”
Not sure why ESPN keeps allowing LaVar Ball to come on air.
But wait, this is exactly why, it brings the network a ton of attention.
Check out some pics of the very beautiful Molly below:
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