Danny Kanell is not happy with the way ESPN promoted LaVar Ball today.
If you’re a sports fan, you are probably aware by now that LaVar Ball is the lightning rod father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball. The elder Ball is known for his outlandish (and frequent) boasting about his sons. Charles Barkley can’t stand him.
Today, LaVar Ball appeared on First Take. His presence led to this screaming match with co-host Stephen A. Smith, which quickly went viral.
I avoid First Take at all costs, but Stephen A vs. LaVar Ball was some of the most entertainingly terrible TV ever. pic.twitter.com/McwhRyhbr5
— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) March 23, 2017
ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit was critical of his employer giving Ball a platform, and it looks like he wasn’t alone.
Danny Kanell responded to a tweet about Ball’s appearance, and called ESPN’s promotion of him and the exchange with Smith “embarrassing.”
@richarddeitsch not a video. Multiple videos. It's embarrassing.
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) March 23, 2017
It looks like Dari Nowkhah also wasn’t happy with ESPN’s decision to showcase LaVar Ball.
Begging ALL media, INCLUDING US… KEEP LAVAR BALL OFF THE AIR. Please. America is turning against Lonzo BECAUSE of Lavar.
— Dari Nowkhah (@ESPNDari) March 23, 2017
It will be interesting to see how this is handled going forward. It is rare to see multiple ESPN employees criticizing the company like this.
Ball certainly has been everywhere, and will likely continue to be as long as UCLA is in the NCAA Tournament. He’ll probably be around beyond that, as well.