An attempt to enlist an all-female officiating crew in the LaVar Ball-coached Big Baller Brand's AAU game Friday night appears to have been thwarted.
A woman joined two men in refereeing the game against College Bound as an act of solidarity with another female ref who was replaced mid-game following an exchange with Ball earlier in the day, a source told ESPN's Myron Medcalf.
The source indicated that Court Club Elite, which supplies the officials, actually wanted to put in an all-female crew, but a "compromise" reduced that number to two pregame, and it was then reduced to one by tipoff.
The referee situation didn't seem to have any effect on LaVar's son LaMelo, who led the Big Ballers to a 97-87 win with 45 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists.
In Friday morning's game, a female official assessed a tech to Ball, who responded with a threat to pull his squad from the game if she stuck around.
"She's gotta go," he kept saying until she was removed and a male official entered the game in her place.
The officiating change did little to help him avoid picking up a second tech, as he forced the Big Ballers to forfeit a second game for the same reason. The father of high school star LaMelo Ball continued to rip on the woman postgame, telling her to stay in her lane.
It was later reported that Adidas instructed refs in the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships to hold back from T'ing up Ball in hopes of wooing his son, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, who's believed to be looking for a sponsorship deal.
Veteran NBA official and Court Club Elite founder Ed Rush told CBS Sports' Matt Norlander the report is "absolutely not true."