The Ball Family Made An Appearance On WWE Raw, Annnd LaMelo Dropped A Couple Soft N-Bombs Into A Hot Mic
As per Houston Mitchell of The Los Angeles Times, WWE also sent out a statement about it:
WWE responded to what happened with the following: “The inappropriate language used by a guest during the ‘Miz TV’ segment was not scripted nor reflects WWE’s values.”
First of all...yikes, and no - that is not even in reference to a 15 year old causally dropping 'N'-bombs on live television. That "yikes" is in reference to the painstaking viewing that was a satellite parent turned caricature bickering back-and-forth with a professional rabble rouser. I knew the WWE product had gone downhill in recent years, but - man, oh man - I feel like I need to apologize on behalf of 13 year old me for contributing to the ratings of a sideshow that allowed it to transform into a cringeworthy adaptation of itself. I actually don't mind LaVar Ball's antics, but he's much better at yelling nonsensical shit at an egregious volume from the sidelines than he is at trying to entertain when the spotlight is on him. Surely he doesn't care because - regardless of the fact that it made me want to stab my eardrums with a screwdriver - he got to do a lot of shameless self promotion for the 'Big Baller Brand', but that was simply an unwatchable subplot if we are speaking objectively.
But hey, I imagine that's probably just what a franchise as proud as the Lakers were hoping for when they heard their first round pick was going on a show that makes soap operas seem real. What better way for Lonzo Ball to ingratiate himself to the fine people of Los Angeles than by making a public appearance in front of that huuuuuuuge cross section of NBA/WWE fans? Probably could have done without his brother causing a controversy by repeatedly spitting a soft slur into a hot mic on family programming, but who could have seen that coming? I thought the teenager with the most outspoken, overbearing of role models and absolutely no experience in professional entertainment would have played it cool in front of the cameras. Oh well, a public apology is a small price to pay to get the #2 pick in the NBA Draft the publicity that he definitely wouldn't be privy to as the Los Angeles Lakers starting point guard.