LaVar Ball made it to CNN.
He spent 23 minutes being interviewed like by Chris Cuomo before the network cut to a panel discussion for the show’s second segment, and all of it over whether or not Donald Trump deserved to get a thank you from Ball for any help that he may have provided in getting LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill out of a Chinese jail.
The details of what actually happened do not matter at this point.
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What does matter is that LaVar knows how to make a mountain out of a molehill. He knows that the simple act of refusing to thank the President of the United States will turn this into a thing. He knows that it will get him attention and get his name in headlines on every website in America. He knows that it will land him interviews with CNN and only further push the Big Baller Brand into the American consciousness. Getting on CNN means he has access to a different demographic than who typically watches ESPN or uses twitter and FaceBook.
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Hell, my mom texted me about LaVar being on CNN.
This is a well thought out plan. While the interview was as much of a trainwreck – absolutely hilarious, but a trainwreck nonetheless – the only line that you really need to pay attention to from the entire ordeal was this:
LaVar Ball on CNN: 'Why are we even talking about this with all these political matters going on in the world?' pic.twitter.com/KlUW5ioz65
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 21, 2017
“What is the skepticism about? Why are we even talking about this with all these political matters going on in the world?”
Even LaVar Ball knows that the attention that he gets is ludicrous.
And he’ll laugh about it all the way to the bank.