Kristine Leahy, the Fox Sports host, got into a kerfuffle with LaVar Ball, darling of the sports media world, Wednesday. Ball appeared on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, the show for which Leahy serves as a co-host, marking yet another appearance for Ball on Fox Sports 1’s programming schedule.
During the show, Ball and Leahy had an incredibly awkward and tense showdown. Leahy asked Ball about the sales for his son’s shoe, the first kicks from Big Baller Brand, and Ball did not take well to it. He appeared to be upset about something Leahy had previously said about BBB and how the brand will not succeed unless it learns how to market to women.
You can watch the standoff below.
Lavar Ball is must-watch TV 😂 pic.twitter.com/pZJBHgMmAS— Devin Walker (@Devin_Walker5) May 17, 2017
Leahy responded to the interview on FS1’s Speak For Yourself Wednesday.
Here is my response to what happened today with LaVar Ball. pic.twitter.com/kPb83onpES— Kristine Leahy (@KristineLeahy) May 17, 2017
People continue to get really worked up about all things involving LaVar Ball, apparently, because the response Leahy has gotten has been...well, troubling. Leahy said Thursday she has received death threats.
“I think I’m gonna talk more about this later on ‘Speak for Yourself,’ some of the other issues that have come up,” Leahy said. “Now I’m getting death threats, so, I’ll leave it at that.”
On Thursday’s episode of The Herd, Cowherd explained what really went down during the interview and said Ball is “a bully.”
“My issue with what happened is just a complete lack of respect,” Leahy said. “He can disagree with everything I have to say and do it passionately...but have some respect, don’t threaten me, don’t make personal jokes, don’t mock me, and don’t say you’re not going to look me in the eye.”
Leahy also said she hopes Fox Sports 1 and ESPN will stop having Ball on their programs.
“He says a lot of controversial things,” Leahy said. “He’s loud and a big personality, which I’ve been totally fine with. But I hope that yesterday showed who he is and that we stop putting him on all these networks just to get controversial statements out of him.”