Donald Trump Responds to LaVar Ball's Comments

Nov 20, 2017, 01:59
Donald Trump Responds to LaVar Ball's Comments

President Donald Trump says he should have left three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail.

The president tweeted that Ball is "unaccepting" of what he did for his son, LiAngelo Ball, adding that because of that he should have left the college students in Chinese jail.

The UCLA trio of LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were briefly detained for stealing from a Louis Vuitton store in the city of Hangzhou earlier this month in what became a minor diplomatic incident.

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Ball on Friday seemed to largely disregard Trump's role in his son's release in an interview with ESPN.

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. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", Ball told ESPN. POTUS demanded praise immediately, and wondered on Twitter if the three players would bother thanking him. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!" he wrote on Twitter.

In a Sunday morning tweet, Trump criticized LaVar Ball for being "unaccepting for what I did for his son".

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"Who?" LaVar Ball answered. "The president was saying, 'It's not too serious". "Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I'm from LA. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses". The players missed the team's game with Georgia Tech in Shanghai and were forced to remain behind in China to deal with the fallout of the charges even after the rest of the team returned to Los Angeles. All three players were suspended from the Bruins basketball team indefinitely.

"They will have to earn their way back", Alford said.

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