LaVar Ball Burns President Trump For Supposed Intervention In China

Doug Mendoza
November 19, 2017

Trump said in his tweet that the players were facing up to 10 years in jail.

The senior Ball spoke to ESPN's Arash Markazi on Trump's intercession, and instead of thanking the president, Ball attacked him.

UCLA basketball players Cody Riley, LiAngelo Ball, and Jalen Hill speak at a press conference at UCLA after flying back from China where they were detained on suspicion of shoplifting, in Los Angeles, California U.S. November 15, 2017.

Asked about Trump's role in getting the players back to Los Angeles, Ball told ESPN: "Who?"

Trump said Tuesday that he reached out to Chinese President Xi Jinping to expedite the proceedings.

"I take full responsibility for the mistakes I have made, shoplifting", Riley told reporters.

The freshman player also thanked Trump and the USA government for helping and said he takes "full responsibility" for his actions.

LiAngelo Ball and two of his UCLA Bruins teammates had gotten themselves arrested after stealing from 4 high-end stores in China. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", Ball said, according to ESPN.

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On Wednesday, Trump issued a call for gratitude from the players. The trio had traveled to China with their basketball team to play a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.

"As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine".

On Friday, Ball continued his dismissive nature, implying that President Donald Trump had little to do with the three returning home to the United States after their charges were ultimately dropped.

"A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there", he added. Like I told him, "They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes". "I'm happy with how things were handled".

"I'm from L.A. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses".

Ball in EPSN's report on Saturday also downplayed his son's theft, arguing that "one bad decision doesn't define him".

"I handle what's going on and then we go from there".

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