“I was wrong about LaVar Ball. He is not a Kardashian. That is far too kind. He is a misogynistic buffoon unworthy of my time.”
Last week, LaVar Ball managed to out LaVar Ball himself, exhibiting his worst behavior yet at the adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas. Ball stole the show from his son, team, and an entire tournament of elite prospects with his sexist, demeaning comments towards a female official, whom he got pulled off a game for simply doing her job. I hit my limit with Ball after that, and it appears most of society has done the same. As only he can, ESPN’s Jay Bilas delivered a scathing takedown of Ball this morning, writing that he’s so disgusted by his latest antics that he refuses to write about him anymore.
But to whatever extent I enjoyed LaVar Ball and his antics at first, I now find him close to intolerable. Instead of being in on the joke, he has become a joke, and it is no longer funny. He started to lose me when he publicly complained about his son’s high school coach, who was ultimately out of his job. Then, he told Fox Sports’ Kristine Leahy to “stay in her lane,” which I found to be disrespectful and unnecessary to the point of being misogynistic. Then, he started to show himself through his participation as a “grassroots” summer basketball coach. He is needlessly profane and his conduct is out of control with officials and he’s not worthy of being in charge of the development of young players.
As I did last week, Bilas likened Ball to the Kardashian family in that he’s famous without having achieved anything of merit before concluding that comparison was too generous.
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