Kirk Herbstreit, like many college sports fans, has gotten tired of hearing from the outspoken LaVar Ball, even when it’s on his own network.
Ball, father of top NBA draft prospect Lonzo Ball, went on ESPN’s First Take on Thursday. In an argument with Stephen A. Smith, the elder Ball repeated his previous claim that he could beat Michael Jordan in a one-on-one basketball game.
Herbstreit called Ball’s repeated media antics “sad,” lamenting the fact that he “keeps getting a forum.” But he said it’s become “the 2017 way.”
Herbstreit went on to compare Ball to a “WWE character.” The college football analyst said Ball is just putting on an act for publicity.
He's like a WWE character. Clearly doesn't believe half the stuff he says–but it creates headlines and getting people's attention. Sucks. https://t.co/Sqx3Pl0isC
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) March 23, 2017
Here is part of Ball’s exchange with Smith on First Take:
I avoid First Take at all costs, but Stephen A vs. LaVar Ball was some of the most entertainingly terrible TV ever. pic.twitter.com/McwhRyhbr5
— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) March 23, 2017