LaVar Ball, father of UCLA basketball player, LiAngelo Ball, doesn’t have any gratitude for President Trump’s involvement in the release of his son after being detained in China for shoplifting.
LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players were caught shoplifting from a high end store in China and subsequently arrested. President Trump decided to take the time to speak with the Chinese government on their behalf and managed to secure their release back to the United States as opposed to spending a few years in jail. One would assume that the family members of these guys were extremely grateful for the Presidents assistance but that would be wrong. LiAngelo’s father, LaVar Ball, seems to have no appreciation for the Presidents actions and to make matters worse he also condones his sons shoplifting with claims that it’s ‘no big deal’ and that LiAngelo would’ve been released either way.
On Saturday, LaVar Ball scoffed at the notion that President Trump’s meeting with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping had played any role in his son’s release. Ball went on to say that shoplifting is no big deal, and that his son would have been released anyway.
Ball spoke with ESPN about Trump’s involvement in his son’s release, and was critical of the notion that the Chinese released his son due to Trump’s intervention:
“Who?” Ball said when Markazi raised the topic. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out,” he added.
Don’t tell me nothing? Wow, with that educated response it’s no wonder LaVar Ball sees nothing wrong with husband sons criminal behavior.
“I’m happy with how things were handled. 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. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him. 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.”
President Trump had a swift response for this ungrateful father and confessed that he should’ve just left LiAngelo and his teammates to rot in a Chinese jail cell since apparently everything would’ve been ‘fine’ without his help. How naive can you be?
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. I should have left them in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017