ESPN following LaVar Ball all around the world? ARE YOU SERIOUS?
Dick Vitale, the longtime ESPN college basketball personality, has decided it is not awesome, baby, to hold up a microphone every time the most overbearing parent in sports opens his mouth.
The Worldwide Leader followed Ball to Lithuania, where his sons will make their professional basketball debuts, and published a story Sunday morning that carried Ball’s highly critical comments of Lakers coach Luke Walton, saying he had lost the team.
Vitale was less jarred by Ball making life miserable for his son Lonzo, who plays under Walton, than he was by his own company for enabling him.
“Y do we chase LaVar Ball ? R we that desperate for 1 of his absurd statements ?” the 78-year-old Vitale wrote on Twitter. “Gr8 teacher & role model / if u don’t like a situation just QUIT take ball & blame everyone / @ LukeWalton has more CLASS & HOOPS knowledge on his pinkie than LaVar !”
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Later, Vitale added: “So pathetic that LaVarBall just rips good ppl ala @Lakers … he is so sad & we give him a forum for his classless comments !”
Vitale is not the first in Bristol to openly question the network’s coverage of LaVar Ball. In late July, Jay Bilas said he would no longer write about the “misogynistic buffoon” because even takedowns stoke the flames. All the way back in March, Scott Van Pelt vowed he would not talk about Ball following comments he made about LeBron James’ kids, prompting the superstar to say, “Keep my family out of your mouth.”
But everyone still is inundated by the latest comments from the father of last season’s No. 2 overall pick. The Lakers met with Ball last month, asking him to tone down his attacks of Walton, requests that apparently did not take. His strongest assault yet on Walton was delivered after Lonzo Ball returned from injury on Friday for a Lakers team that has lost nine straight.
“You can see they’re not playing for Luke no more,” Ball said. “Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more. They don’t want to play for him.”