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LaVar Ball caused a lot of controversy during an appearance on Fox Sports 1 on Wednesday. He was involved in a tense on-air altercation with The Herd with Colin Cowherd co-host Kristine Leahy that had everyone talking. As a result of his back-and-forth with Leahy, there’s a good chance Ball won’t be appearing on FS1 again at any point in the near future.
But the incident with Leahy received so much attention that most people managed to overlook another set of controversial comments Ball made during an appearance on Undisputed that same day. Ball was asked about recent remarks Kyrie Iriving made about him and his son Lonzo—Irving said LaVar needs to "let Lonzo be Lonzo"—and he shot back by saying that Irving shouldn’t be allowed to criticize his parenting techniques since he doesn’t have any kids.
"You have some young people that’s out here critiquing. 'Oh, LaVar needs to let Lonzo go.' How you young guys gonna say anything when you ain’t got no kids?" LaVar said.
"Like Kyrie?" Skip Bayless asked.
"Kyrie, definitely," LaVar said. "How you gonna tell me how my son should be when you don’t have a kid?"
This rubbed people the wrong way because Irving does have a kid. He has a daughter who was born at the end of 2015:
But the worst was yet to come. Elsewhere in the segment, Ball inexplicably decided to bring up Irving’s mom Elizabeth, who is referenced in the Instagram caption above. She died when Irving was young, but that didn't stop Ball from using it as part of his response to him.
"Like Kyrie, he’s in a different situation," Ball said. "So you can’t put yourself in the same situation as Lonzo. I have a wife and two other sons. You not in that situation. Maybe he don’t have the relationship that me and Zo got. And I don’t think he did. First of all, your mom wasn’t there, so something’s got to change right there. It’s not the same. Lonzo can come home and see his mom and dad all the time. We’ve been together. Most people, with this talent, usually has a single parent. Not two of them together."
If we had to guess, LaVar was probably trying to suggest that Irving’s relationship with his father is different than the relationship some kids have with their dads because his mom wasn’t around. Or something. But obviously, the simple fact that he even bothered to bring up Irving’s mom is not sitting well with people. It took a few days for LaVar’s comments to make the rounds, but now that the controversy with Leahy has started to subside, this latest one has grabbed people’s attention and caused a pretty strong reaction online:
Irving is yet to respond to Ball’s comments. But it’s probably safe to say that he won’t be happy with the way Ball responded to his original remarks.