Charles Barkley blasts ‘idiot’ LaVar Ball; calls for him to stay off television

By Jesse Reed
January 17, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; TNT analyst Charles Barkley talks outside the Staples Center before the start of the game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

In the wake of the controversial statement made by LaVar Ball to host Molly Qerim during a recent “First Take” segment on ESPN, the most prominent helicopter parent in the world has been at least temporarily banned from all platforms on the network.

If Charles Barkley had his way, Ball would never be allowed to show his face on television on any network, ever again.

Speaking with TMZ Sports, Barkley blasted Ball, calling him an idiot.

“Wherever LaVar Ball is, there’s a village missing an idiot,” Barkley said … “We should just keep LaVar off television. That would be the best way to be.”

Barkley also said it’s a shame that Ball has had a negative impact on his son, Lonzo Ball: “It’s really unfair to his son. His son is a good player and a nice kid.”

There has been quite a bit of debate over Ball’s latest comments to Qerim, with some prominent figures coming to Ball’s defense. Most recently, Dez Bryant tweeted support to Ball while blasting Qerim.

Clearly, not everyone stands with Sir Charles on this point.