Adidas Apologizes for Removal of Female Referee After LaVar Ball’s Complaints

Jun 22, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; LaVar Ball the father of NBA prospect Lonzo Ball (not pictured) in attendance before the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsBrad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, LaVar Ball threatened to pull his AAU team off the court if a female referee—who issued him a technical foul during an Adidas-sponsored AAU tournament—wasn’t replaced.

He was controversially granted his request, and on Monday, Adidas apologized for the poor handling of the incident.

“The referee substitutions made during our tournament last week are not in line with our company values,” Adidas said in its statement, per Darren Rovell of “It was the wrong decision. We regret the situation and are looking into the matter to make sure our standards for sportsmanship, equality and fair play are met in the future.”

Adidas added, “Any representation that we would compromise our values and inclusive approach for the benefit of any individual is inaccurate.”

Ball was later ejected for a second technical, and his team was forced to forfeit the contest after he refused to leave the court.

After the game, Ball said the female referee “needs to stay in her lane because

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