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'I should have left them in jail'

20 November, 2017, 02:26 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • President Trump Blasts Father of Recently Released UCLA Player for Being Unappreciative of His Help in Gaining Son’s Release

President Donald Trump on Sunday fired off a Twitter tirade against the outspoken father of one of the UCLA basketball players arrested on suspicion of shoplifting while touring in China.

All three players, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, thanked Trump at a press conference in the US, but Ball's father Lavar, who is famous for being braggadocios, refused to give the president any credit. "I'd also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided as well", LiAngelo Ball said.

Balls's son LiAngelo, as well as Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained in Hangzhou, about 100 miles southwest of Shanghai, on shoplifting charges a day before Trump arrived in China for his Asia tour.

"What was he over there for?"

LaVar Ball told ESPN he was happy to have his son back, and also seemed to downplay his alleged crime. That's gonna be debated, that's gonna be argued about, but I want to put that on the table: "it sure looks like race-baiting to a lot of people".

He later wrote: "Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar". During a press conference Wednesday, the younger Ball thanked the president for his help. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!" After Trump brought up the players' arrests, Xi said he would look into the case, and ensured that the three would be treated fairly.

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Ball's son LiAngelo and two of his teammates, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, were arrested November 8 after stealing designer sunglasses in Shanghai, according to the New York Times.

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

Ball's comments, while not particularly gracious given the circumstances, once again proved no slight is too small to pierce the president's thin candy shell.

All three UCLA players have been indefinitely suspended from the team, coach Steve Alford said.

The president did not end up getting that thank you from LaVar Ball.

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