ESPN has released a statement on LaVar Ball’s comment to Molly Qerim during his appearance on First Take this morning.
“LaVar Ball’s comment to Molly Qerim Rose was completely inappropriate and we made him aware of that,” the statement read, per TMZ Sports.
LaVar appeared on ESPN’s First Take this morning to discuss his son’s trade to the New Orleans Pelicans. His inappropriate comment came in response to a request from Qerim.
Qerim, who’s married to ESPN’s Jalen Rose, asked LaVar if they could “switch gears” during the conversation.
LaVar responded: “You can switch gears with me anytime.”
LaVar shooting his shot at Molly Qerim during First Take interview? Jalen Rose gonna bust him up lol pic.twitter.com/HeIB9CFIxH
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LaVar’s representative issued a statement regarding the controversy.
“[LaVar] was asked if he wanted to switch gears, in his mind switching gears was ‘changing the subject anytime’ and he said, ‘yes, you can switch gears with me anytime.’ At NO time was that intended or meant to be sexual in nature,” Denise White said.
It’s been an eventful day for the Ball family on ESPN, as LaMelo announced on The Jump where he will be playing in 2019-20.