ESPN’s Jay Bilas blasts LaVar Ball with huge rant against him
With all the antics and even absurd statements LaVar Ball has made the past few months, it’s easy to think that he does not have a lot of people supporting him. However, ESPN’ Jay Bilas recently admitted that he has enjoyed watching Ball, and even finds him very entertaining. But his perception changed when Ball asked Adidas officials to replace a female referee during an AAU game after she gave her a technical foul.
The renowned college basketball analyst made a huge rant against the CEO of Big Baller Brand in a piece that was published by ESPN on Monday. Bilas called LaVar Ball’s recent actions as intolerable, and said that he’s no longer funny.
“But to whatever extent I enjoyed LaVar Ball and his antics at first, I now find him close to intolerable. Instead of being in on the joke, he has become a joke, and it is no longer funny. He started to lose me when he publicly complained about his son’s high school coach, who was ultimately out of his job. Then, he told Fox Sports’ Kristine Leahy to “stay in her lane,” which I found to be disrespectful and unnecessary to the point of being misogynistic. Then, he started to show himself through his participation as a “grassroots” summer basketball coach. He is needlessly profane and his conduct is out of control with officials and he’s not worthy of being in charge of the development of young players.”
Bilas then continued with his tirade and even went as far as calling him a “misogynistic buffoon”.
“Well, LaVar Ball lost me on that one. Not that he cares or should care, but I am done with him. I am done listening to him, consuming his nonsense or caring what he has to say. If he apologizes to the women he has insulted and changes his bizarre behavior, I can certainly change my mind. But absent that, I will no longer laugh at the behavior of LaVar Ball, nor will I participate in the coverage of his prattle and hot air. It is not worthy of our coverage and not at all funny anymore.”
“I was wrong about LaVar Ball. He is not a Kardashian. That is far too kind. He is a misogynistic buffoon unworthy of my time.”
Ball’s controversial actions resulted to the organization supplying the Adidas Uprising event with referees to cut their ties with brand, as they believe that they do not share the same values as the shoe and apparel giants anymore. The former football pro also received a lot of criticism for it, as many shared the same thoughts as Bilas.
It remains to be seen if LaVar Ball will fire back at the veteran ESPN columnist, as he is known to respond to fiery comments made against him as long as it gets him attention. However, it could also be a different case this time around, as Ball is already in hot water, and he may opt to keep silent about it to avoid making the situation even worse.