More often than not, the media and sports go hand in hand given professional sports’ wild popularity not only in America but around the world as well. Hours beforehand, every minute during the game itself, and sometimes for hours following a sports match, journalists and other media figures are right on the sidelines to conduct interviews with various members of each team regarding the match.

 

Occasionally, this pretty straightforward formula can lead to some rather hilarious occurrences. Earlier this year after a victory for the Houston Rockets against the Philadelphia 76ers, acclaimed comedian Kevin Hart decided to crash a post-game interview with Rockets point guard James Harden and offered some comical smack talk as a 76ers fan.      

 

Above all the many gifted players in the National Basketball Association, a very passionate man when it comes to his son’s shining basketball career has stolen quite a bit of thunder and made an almost infamous name for himself even more so than his son who achieved his vicarious dream and plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. LaVar Ball, father of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball and the subject of one of President Trump’s most recent beefs, has become notorious for his many antics both at The Staples Center as well as away from the court too.

 

(Def Pen)

For starters, Ball openly criticizes Lakers’ coaches, has made absurd claims that he himself is a better basketball player than legendary Michael Jordan and Ball seems to use almost every opportunity to push the Big Baller Brand. And with both his ongoing feud with the President and his constant appearances at the Staples Center for Lonzo’s games, Ball frequently draws an almost endless amount of attention from the press.  

 

Partially due to that, The Los Angeles Lakers have implemented a new policy that directly impacts exactly to what extent the press may interact with the families and friends of players. Some of the aspects of this relatively new rule certainly will have a long lasting impact on different types of interviews, including the always classic interview in the tunnel leading back to the locker room.

 

Essentially, the rule prohibits “prohibits reporters and other members of the media from gathering in the section that is reserved for the friends, families, and agents of Lakers players during games”. While this rule doesn’t explicitly go after LaVar Ball to combat against his boisterous nature around reporters, many Staples Centers employees are still regarding to this measure as “The LaVar Ball Rule.”

 

The policy also prohibits individuals without either press or team credentials from doing on-court interviews, something LaVar Ball recently did after a Clippers-Lakers opening night game.  

 

A Lakers official said that the policy had always existed but cites an increase in media presence as the primary reason behind the new legislation. And while this new policy might be restrictive in regards to the ways which the media could cover the various sporting events at The Staples Center, I can understand why some Lakers’ officials are growing tired of Ball’s negativity and occasional criticism.

 

Still, I hope this Trump-LaVar Ball beef goes on for eternity.

 

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