LaVar Ball went on a sexist rant about a female referee after being ejected from an AAU game on Friday in Las Vegas. On Sunday, The NBA Referees Association condemned Ball’s behavior and subsequent comments about the official.
The official NBA Referees account posted a series of tweets, expressing disappointment in Ball and how Adidas, which had the female official replaced mid-game, handled the entire situation.
After receiving his first technical from the female official, Ball attempted to pull his team off the court – something he already did in a previous tournament.
Ball said after the game in a rant via USA TODAY Sports:
Ball said of the female referee, who declined to comment: “She’s a woman who’s trying to act – I get that she’s trying to break into the referee thing. But just giving techs and calling fouls, that’s no way to do it. I know what she trying to say: ‘I gave LaVar, I gave him a tech, I’m strong.’ That ain’t got nothing to do with it. Just call the game.
“If you’re going to be qualified, you better be in shape, and you better know the game. And she’s bad on both of them. She’s not in shape, she’s not calling the game right, and she don’t understand, so now she’s trying to make a name for herself. So she’s walking around like, ‘I’m the only woman in here.’ Yeah, we get it, I don’t care if you a woman or a man or whatever, just be good at what you do.”
The incident was captured in the video below.
This wasn’t the first time Ball’s remarks about women have faced criticism. Back in May, Ball told Fox Sports co-host Kristine Leahy to “stay in your lane” before turning the remarks into a T-shirt for Big Baller Brand.
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