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    ESPN: LA Lakers Ban Media From Speaking to LaVar Ball

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    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.”

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