*Charles Barkley appeared on ESPN Radio’s “Golic & Wingo” this week and blasted LaVar Ball for taking advantage of his kids—Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball and recently turned professional basketball players LiAngelo, 19, and LaMelo, 16.
“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 didn’t stop there, “Everybody talking about how he might be a good father, this and that. No he’s not. He’s just exploiting his kids. … He’s all about Big Baller Brand. He has no foreseeable talent. He’s trying to make money on 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. That makes you exploiting your kids. And I don’t like the guy at all. And I wish they would quit putting him on television because he has no talent whatsoever.”
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Barkley was asked about LiAngelo and LaMelo bypassing college to play professionally in Lithuania. He said if LaVar is really a good father, he’ll stay in the country with his son rather than dropping them off and returning to the U.S.
“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. First of all, I would never leave my kids over there. If he’s a legit father, he should stay over there with those kids the entire time. That would prove something to me.”
Barkley previously challenged Ball to a 1-on-1 game after LaVar said he could beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1, Barkley responded by telling him to “slow your roll.”
LaVar responded by saying Barkley was too big to play 1-on-1 and that “he better stay behind that TNT thing … and eat them doughnuts.”