Donald Trump Responds to LaVar Ball on China Incident

LaVar Ball (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The battle between President Donald Trump and LaVar Ball doesn’t seem to be over just yet! Trump fired back at Ball early Sunday saying he “should have left Ball’s son UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball and his two teammates in the Chinese jail after Ball attempted to downplay Trump’s role in their return home.  When asked about Trump’s involvement in the release of the boys, LaVar Ball previously said that he doesn’t know why everyone is acting like Trump helped him:

“Who? What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.

…. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, ‘They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.’ I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses, ” Ball said to ESPN.

Trump later responded saying:

“Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal,” Trump wrote. “I should have left them in jail!”

The three UCLA basketball players were jailed earlier this month after reportedly getting caught shoplifting while their team was over in China. As the incident was occurring Donald Trump visited President Xi Jinping of China to discuss other matters and was said to have allegedly brought up the subject of the three basketball players.

Despite LaVar Ball downplaying Trump’s role in the release, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill all thanked the president during a press conference when they returned home. Trump also took the time to give the three UCLA basketball players a word of advice.





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