Donald Trump Responds to LaVar Ball's Comments

Jonathan Hernandez
November 20, 2017

President Trump took to Twitter on Sunday, slamming LaVar Ball, the father of one of the UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, after he questioned the commander-in-chief's role in returning the athletes home. "Very ungrateful!" Trump tweeted. "They were headed for 10 years in jail!"

Trump took credit for the release saying he had discussed the basketball players' fate during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping before tweeting a message to the young men on Thursday.

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.

"What was he over there for?"

"Who?" he responded when he was asked about the topic. Don't tell me nothing. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", Ball said, according to ESPN.

"I'd also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided as well", LiAngelo Ball had said.

But Ball's father LaVar Ball, a brash media personality known for outspoken advocacy of his three basketball playing sons, minimised the president's role in an interview Friday with sports network ESPN.

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were returned to the United States after being arrested on charges of shoplifting, in connection with the alleged theft of Louis Vuitton sunglasses in Shanghai. China told them why they were released. "I should have left them in jail!", Trump wrote in a Twitter post. Before they thanked Trump on Wednesday for intervening with Xi, Trump had wondered whether they would express gratitude to him. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!" "I'm happy with how things were handled".

Which somehow manages to both be accurate - Trump was making it a bigger deal - and totally cavalier about committing crimes in foreign countries - shoplifting in China is different than shoplifting in L.A.!

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. "I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses", he said.

All three players have been suspended from the UCLA basketball team indefinitely.

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