Kristine Leahy Fires Back At LaVar Ball: Disrespecting, Threatening Me is ‘Not OK’ (VIDEO)
On Wednesday’s edition of “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd, the interview with LaVar Ball went from normal to awkward in a matter of minutes when Ball inexplicably got into a heated back and forth with Kristine Leahy after she asked him how many pairs of ‘ZO2′ he had sold.
“Leahy asked Ball how many of pairs of Lonzo Ball’s signature shoes the Big Baller Brand had sold
“Stay in your lane,” Ball responded, while putting his hand up toward Leahy and turning to Cowherd. “I don’t even worry about her over there.”
“I don’t look over there because she scares me. Leave me alone. I’ll tell you, 400, 500 pairs.”
Leahy again tried to engage.
“My problem with you is that you are a hater,” he continued. Then, “I would never wear a Big Baller shirt. Well, good don’t even talk to me.”
No one had a clue as to why Ball went off the way that he did until social media did some digging and found a video of Leahy implying that LaVar Ball was an abusive father to his kids.
watch this video if you want to see the entire story behind the Lavar Ball interview today pic.twitter.com/O3UOx1gjuL
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Later on Wednesday, joining Cowherd, Jason Whitlock, and Chris Broussard on “Speak For Yourself,” Leahy fired back at Ball for ‘threatening and disrespecting her’.
LaVar Ball has every right to disagree with anything that I say, anything that any of us say. I really enjoy debate. I just like it to be respectful. You and I debate, we debate all the time. It’s what we do here. But we do it in a respectful way. We don’t threaten each other. We don’t dismiss each other. We look each other in the eye. We don’t make personal attacks about weight.
I asked him a question. That is my job as a reporter. And he came back at me in a very dismissive and inappropriate way. So, I had two choices: I could either sit back and take it … Or I could stand up for myself and talk to him. Still, with complete respect. And for the record, I’ve actually supported him being such a strong voice for his son, and we talk more about his son than anyone else because of what he’s done for him.
He goes on lots of shows. He has this kind of shtick about him where he’s outspoken, but with that, comes room for being criticized by the media. That’s our jobs. And what he’s upset at me for is for something that I said a few weeks ago on the show that when he was getting turned down from Under Armour, Nike, and Adidas for these partnerships, I said, “If he wants to think like a mogul and work with these companies, he has to look at what they do.” And that’s the market to women. Women are the people buying their sons’ shoes. They make up more than half of sales for these types of brands. So, he has to think like that if he wants to be this big mogul.
So he was upset at me for what I said there, and that’s completely fine. But you can’t come at me and disrespect me and not look me in the eye and threaten me. That’s just not OK.
Here is my response to what happened today with LaVar Ball. pic.twitter.com/kPb83onpES
— Kristine Leahy (@KristineLeahy) May 17, 2017