LaVar Ball Says He Meant ‘No Sexual Intent’ with Molly Qerim Comment on ESPN

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 31: LaVar Ball presents an award to son LaMelo Ball after the Big Baller Brand All American Game at the Orleans Arena on March 31, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cassy Athena/Getty Images)

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LaVar Ball said Saturday that his controversial comment to ESPN’s Molly Qerim during Monday’s episode of First Take had “no sexual intent.”

“I don’t even have to respond to that on the fact that I meant no sexual intent,” Ball said, per SleepersAllDay. “Nothing on the fact that ‘switch gears’ means change topics to me. Her mind in the gutter if she thinks of something else. Only time I hit on her is if she’s breaking in my house, and I mistake her for the boogeyman.”

During the appearance, Qerim asked if she could “switch gears” with Ball to change the topic. Ball responded by telling Qerim she “can switch gears with me anytime,” which many took as sexual innuendo. Qerim and Stephen A. Smith both had a visibly frustrated reaction to the comment.

Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reported ESPN has no plans to use Ball on its platforms moving forward as a result of the comments.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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via Bleacher Report – NBA

June 23, 2019 at 12:16PM


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