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Danny Kanell Calls ESPN's Promotion Of LaVar Ball "Embarrassing"

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.

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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."

It looks like Dari Nowkhah also wasn't happy with ESPN's decision to showcase LaVar Ball.

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.