ESPN: LA Lakers Ban Media From Speaking to LaVar Ball
The NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers banned the media from talking with guests of their players in a move widely interpreted as a measure to limit LaVar Ball’s exposure to the media, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.
Ball, the father of Laker Lonzo Ball, has made a name for himself with over-the-top trash talking and controversial statements to the press about his sons’ opponents. This has apparently irked the Lakers organization:
In prior years, media socialized and, at times, interviewed individuals in that sector without interference. If a media member is recognized in that area now, arena security or Laker staffers direct that he or she leave the area.
“It’s not a new policy; it’s an existing policy,” a team spokesperson told ESPN. “There has been more media presence in that area than before. That section is strictly for family and guests of players. It’s a privacy concern.”
The attention-seeking self-promoter and NBA father has been feuding with President Trump ever since the president rescued one of his sons from China.