Over the weekend, LaVar Ball’s AAU team participated in the Adidas Summer Championship in Las Vegas. During one of his games Ball received not one but two technicals which granted him to be ejected from the game.
Despite two different officials giving him a technical, Ball only demanded to Adidas one of them be immediately replaced – a female referee who officiates NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball games.
Ball’s team ended up losing the game because he refused to leave the court after receiving his second technical, but he never said a word about the male official who gave him a technical only the female telling her to “stay in her lane” because she isn’t ready for this level, ESPN reported.
"Don't try to step in the lane. She needs to stay in her lane because she ain't ready for this. [Ref] the little kids first and then come up. Because she ain't did enough. She ain't got enough on her résumé, I could tell.”
The jokes on him though because the AAU level he is coaching at (high school boys) is at a lower level than she normally officiates at. Being a referee at a Division 1 level is going to look more impressive on a resume’ than at the high school level. An individual has to come up the ranks and that seems to be the case considering she is already officiating at the college level.
While Ball claimed he has nothing negative toward her, he still has refused to apologize to her for his behavior on the court and feels she should not have tried to “mess with him.”
In a report by CBS Sports Ball stated on if he would apologize:
"No. You guys are trying to make it like a gender thing. It's not that."
However, with his words how can it not come off as if it were about gender when he didn’t ask for the male official who gave him a technical be removed from the game? How can it not be a “gender thing” when he said she’s probably a great official but only for women? His words are painting the picture that in fact, it is that she was a female who gave him a technical.
He stated more in the CBS Sports report:
"She just got caught in a bad place: messing with me. She good. She probably a great ref for the women's. She's probably a great ref. But this men's stuff, it's a difference between women's basketball and men's basketball. Just cause we go like that, and don't hit the ball, don't mean it's a foul. But don't get your feelings personal. And that's why people were like, 'But she's a great ref.' To you she's a great ref. Not to me."