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Referee Group Cutting Ties With Adidas After What LaVar Ball Did

LaVar Ball gives speech to AAU team.

The officiating group has severed ties with the shoe brand.

The group that supplied the referees to the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships has decided to sever its ties with the tournament thanks to LaVar Ball.

Ball successfully petitioned for a female referee to be removed after she gave him a technical foul during a game on Friday.

"The events that led to the removal of a female official on Friday are something that shall not and will not be accepted within the officiating community," Court Club Elite told ESPN. "Adidas and their leadership acted in a manner that does not parallel our views on integrity or professionalism, and neither should be compromised as they were in this situation. It was clear that the actions of the official in enforcing and addressing unsporting behavior were defendable and fitting of the behavior displayed; however, the agenda and lack of courage to do the right thing by Adidas leadership sent a clear message that the game and those chosen to protect the integrity were not of priority."

Before getting the female ref removed, Ball had threatened to pull his Big Baller Brand squad off the floor, as he'd done in a previous tournament.

Adidas had said the decision to replace the ref was made by the shoe company and not because of LaVar.