"I should have left UCLA players in jail": Trump fires back

Esther Moore
November 20, 2017

LaVar Ball (LiAngelo's father) downplayed the role President Trump had in getting the three players back to the United States without serving any jail time earlier this week.

President Donald Trump has responded to criticism from LaVar Ball for his role in the return of the three UCLA freshmen basketball players - LiAngelo Ball (Lonzo's younger brother), Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley - after they were arrested for shoplifting in China, saying that because of Ball's ungratefulness, he "should have left them in jail". In response, Trump slammed Ball for being ungrateful and actually said, "I should have left them in jail". Donald Trump vs. LaVar Ball is the new rivalry of the future.

During a Wednesday press conference, the teenage players, themselves, issued apologies for their behavior and thanked everyone involved for helping to resolve the matter and bringing them home, including President Trump.

On Wednesday, Trump issued a call for gratitude from the players.

Well, Trump caught wind of Ball's comments Sunday, and needless to say, he wasn't happy. I want to put it on the table.

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LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball, on Saturday suggested Trump had little to do with the release of the three Bruins basketball players who were accused of shoplifting and were under house arrest in Hangzhou, China. Don't tell me nothing.

The Republican president, while finishing up a 12-day, five-nation trip to Asia, said he had sought the help of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the case.

"Who?" Ball told ESPN on Friday.

"As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine", LaVar Ball added. "I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses", he said.

Fredricka Whitfield spoke with Stelter this afternoon on how "the way this President prioritizes is very confusing to a lot of people". The team's head coach, Steve Alford, later announced the trio was suspended indefinitely. For better or worse, it's extremely clear that the president loves to watch cable nearly as much as he loves Twitter so he'll no doubt pick up LaVar's response.

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