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- Charles Barkley went off on LaVar Ball during a Wednesday morning interview on ESPN Radio.
- Barkley accused LaVar Ball of exploiting his kids for money because he has no talent of his own.
- Barkley ended his rant by saying he wished Ball would go even farther away than Lithuania.
NBA legend and current “NBA on TNT” studio host Charles Barkley does not like LaVar Ball, and he made that clear during an interview in which he went off on the Kardashian-like basketball father.
Barkley was a guest on ESPN Radio’s “Golic & Wingo” when he was asked how he felt about LaVar Ball pulling his two youngest sons out of school and having LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball sign contracts to play professionally in Lithuania. Barkley said he felt sad because their father “represents everything that is bad about sports.”
“I just feel sadness that the media – CNN, ESPN – has given this guy a platform,” Barkley said. “He represents everything that is bad about sports. It’s all about him. I just feel bad for those kids.”
Barkley shot back at the argument that LaVar Ball is actually a good father who is helping his sons, arguing instead that he is exploiting his kids for money because of his own lack of talent.
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“Everybody talking about how he might be a good father, this and that. No he’s not,” Barkley said. “He’s just exploiting his kids … He’s all about Big Baller Brand. He has no foreseeable talent. He’s trying to make money off his kids, and I just feel sadness for those kids because they’re going to do whatever he tells them to do. I just don’t like the guy at all, plain and simple. And don’t tell me he’s a good father. Just because you exploit your kids, trying to make money because you have no talent, that does not make you a good father.”
The NBA Hall of Famer reiterated that he wished networks would quit putting LaVar Ball on television, “because he has no talent whatsoever.” Barkley went as far as to say he wished LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball were playing even farther away from the US than Lithuania just so LaVar Ball could be as far away as possible.
“I wish there was a place farther away from America they could send him,” Barkley said. “I don’t know where Lithuania is, but if there is another place farther away, I would love it.”
You can hear Barkley’s comments here: