Trump prods basketball players released in China to thank him

Esther Moore
November 19, 2017

While Trump questioned whether or not the players would thank him, which they did during a press conference, LaVar Ball decided that Trump wasn't really all that instrumental. The extent of his diplomatic prowess is probably this: calling upon a country as vast and complex as China to not care too much about the petty theft of a few dipshit college kids there to stage a basketball game.

LaVar, however, minimized Trump's role to ESPN's Arash Markazi. UCLA hasn't announced how long the three players will be suspended for yet, but Trump did jump into the conversation to see if he will get a thank you. Don't tell me nothing. The family includes Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball; UCLA frosh LiAngelo; and high school basketball sensation LaMelo Ball, who is already committed to UCLA.

Trump reportedly made a plea to President Xi Jinping to get the Chinese government involved in the case.

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Guerrero said the Chinese police said items were taken from three stores and searched the hotel rooms and bags of players on both the UCLA and Georgia teams before identifying the players as suspects.

Trump had been on a diplomacy tour stop in Beijing at the time, and said he urged Xi to let the players go home. Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were the others, and Trump claims that they were all heading for up to 10 years in jail. Trump said in reply. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out".

"As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine", LaVar Ball told ESPN. "Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes, '" Ball added, downplaying his son's mistake. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn't define him. "I'm happy with how things were handled. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that's a different thing".

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