LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — LaVar Ball may be looking to bring his brand of basketball swagger to the wrestling ring, but in typical Ball fashion, his family is facing yet another controversy.
The outspoken father of NBA draft No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball showed up with the newly minted Los Angeles Laker and another son, 15-year-old LaMelo, for a live segment on Monday’s “WWE Raw” at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
During the segment, LaMelo Ball twice used a racial slur that was broadcast over the air.
WWE says in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that the language “was not scripted nor reflects WWE’s values.”
But despite the statement, videos soon surfaced of WWE CEO Vince McMahon using the slur in an undated on-air segment with McMahon and wrestler John Cena.
In the video, McMahon is seen telling Cena “Keep it up, my n—a” and then walking by wrestler Booker T – who is black.
For LaVar Ball’s appearance, the ring was decorated with mannequins displaying his Big Baller Brand clothing line. He got in a heated confrontation with WWE wrestler The Miz, and took his shirt off to cheers from the crowd.
Social media, for the most part, couldn’t get enough.
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