Fox Sports 1's Kristine Leahy doesn't seem to have forgiven LaVar Ball for telling her to talk to the hand last May.
Leahy said Monday that CNN should be ashamed of itself for putting the bloviating Ball on the air to discuss his celebrity feud with President Donald Trump.
Lest we forget, Ball dismissively turned his back on Leahy and ordered her to "stay in your lane" when she asked him about his Big Baller Brand marketing strategy on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd."
Leahy refused to stand for it: "You can't come at me, and disrespect me, and not look me in the eye, and threaten me. That's not OK," she said.
Fast-forward to Monday, as the world's two biggest trash-talkers were zinging each other.
When LaVar Ball expressed zero gratitude to Trump for springing son LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players from a possible Chinese jail term for shoplifting, Trump went off on Twitter.
Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
LaVar Ball riled Trump by telling ESPN on Friday, "Who?" after Trump's role was reported. "What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing," Ball said. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out."
After Trump's tweet-storm response, the elder Ball told ABC on Sunday that Trump didn't deserve thanks because he didn't visit the players in jail.
Ball said he wasn't inclined to get into a back-and-forth with the President's tweets, but said: “Did he go visit them in jail? Did you go visit them in jail? If you went to visit them in jail then I would say, ‘thank you’"— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) November 20, 2017
Sensing potential ratings, CNN booked LaVar Ball to appear Monday with host Don Lemon at 10 p.m. ET, right around halftime of ESPN's telecast of Falcons-Seahawks on "Monday Night Football."
When FS1's Jason McIntyre pointed out on Monday's "Speak for Yourself" that LaVar Ball will reach a whole new audience of CNN viewers who don't typically follow sports, Leahy wasn't happy.
“Shame on CNN for putting this guy on," she said. "Honestly. Shame on everybody who keeps putting LaVar Ball on the air. Because we have created this whole monster. Has he not done enough things that are just repulsive that we need to continue talking about him and giving him a platform?"
"What he’s continuing to say is it's all about me, it's (a) means to an end, we will do whatever we need to do, put out whatever bad message we need to put out, as long as we get the publicity, as long as my kids get to the Lakers, as long as LiAngelo's in the news," Leahy later said. "That’s all it is."
Leahy added his reaction "shows us who he really is."
"Just be a decent person and take accountability for yourself," she said. "It doesn't matter. (The Balls) will wreck anything in their path as long as it benefits them. Eventually it's going to bite them in the butt."