Kristine Leahy Says LaVar Ball Has To Respect Her In Order For Him To Be Allowed on Show Again (VIDEO)
Kristine Leahy: ‘I’m Getting Death Threats After LaVar Ball Confrontation’ (VIDEO)
Kristine Leahy says she is getting death threats in the wake of her confrontation with LaVar Ball, the father of NBA prospect Lonzo Ball, on Wednesday’s edition of ‘The Herd’ with Colin Cowherd. She also believes that it’s time for TV networks to stop inviting him as a guest.
LaVar Ball has been making the rounds this year as he’s been a regular guest on FS1′s “The Herd” and “Undisputed” with Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe and Joy Taylor, as well as ESPN’s “First Take” with Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim.
Leahy believes Ball showed himself to be sexist and a bully by turning his back and refusing to address her Wednesday.
“For me this wasn’t a women issue. It wasn’t a racial issue. But it has turned into both,” Leahy said.
“I think the reason so many networks choose have him on is because he says a lot of controversial things. He’s loud and a big personality. Which I’ve been totally fine with. But I hope that yesterday showed who he is. And that we stop putting him on all these networks just to get controversial statements out of him. Because that is potentially what can happen. I think there’s no place for that in TV — no matter what kind of ratings you’re going to get. At this point, what I think about is, I would love for Lonzo Ball to have whatever he can. I think about him in this situation. I want him to do well. I hope that we stop letting his father talk so much and maybe allow Lonzo to talk. I would love to hear more from him. I would hope he’s successful. I think what LaVar is doing, I don’t think yesterday is going to help his son at all.”
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 18, 2017
The incident went absolutely viral on social media and most seemed to take the side of LaVar Ball for the 1st time ever after a video surfaced of Leahy implying that he abuses his children.
During an appearance with Jason Whitlock on “Speak for Yourself” Thursday, Leahy denied accusing Ball of child abuse.
“I never accused anyone of child abuse. That is a very, very serious issue. I would never go there,” he said.
“Have some respect. Don’t threaten me. Don’t make personal jokes. Don’t mock me. And don’t say you’re not going to look me in the eye. If he wants to come on and look me in the eye, and be respectful, he can still disagree with me. I’m OK with that. But I will not tolerate what he did yesterday,” she said.