Bonnie Jill Laflin - First Female NBA Scout

Categories: Making a Difference
Date: 14 Aug 2015 19:38

Bonnie-Jill Laflin has a number of firsts in her career. “I like the odds to be against me so I can prove people wrong!” Laflin is the first and only female NBA scout, holding the front office position with the Los Angeles Lakers which she says has been her toughest challenge to date. “Being a female in a male dominated profession is always tough but being the first was even tougher.” She is also the first to cheer on a professional level for three teams, in two sports, starting with the NBA and the Golden State Warriors, and moving to the NFL with both the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys. Laflin is the first female to be awarded six championship rings in two professional sports, earning a Super Bowl ring during her time cheering for the 49ers and five NBA championship rings as an executive for the Lakers.

Laflin has been around rodeo since she was a kid. “I grew up on a horse ranch so horses have always been a part of my life. I was a barrel racer and my family owned race horses. Presently I rescue retired racehorses and rescue horses from slaughter.”

Laflin is currently a segment reporter for FOX Sports, as well as the host of the newly launched and first NBA sports show in China, MuhoTV. Beyond her professional ventures, Laflin is committed to and passionate about animal welfare and our nation’s Veterans, founding the non-profit Hounds and Heroes. She has traveled abroad on eighteen USO tours, including bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, to boost the morale of service members.

When asked to describe herself in one word, she replied, “Resilient.” SAY I WON’T! 

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