LaVar Ball created controversy last week after he stated there was no reason to thank President Trump for ensuring his son did not spend ten years in a Chinese prison. His less than gracious response rightfully garnered the ire of the president. Ball is now taking his insults one step further.
Ball made headlines last week in an interview with ESPN, saying he had no reason to thank President Trump. Ball’s son, LiAngelo, along with Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill, were arrested in Hangzhou, China earlier this month after they were caught shoplifting at a local mall.
After returning home, the UCLA basketball players apologized for their behavior and thanked President Trump for his assistance. However, LaVar Ball was ungrateful and dismissed his son’s actions as insignificant.
The president responded to his snarky remarks on Twitter, suggesting he shouldn’t have offered to help. “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,” he tweeted. “I should have left them in jail!”
Not surprisingly, given Ball’s penchant for drama, the spat didn’t end there. Speaking to CNN’s Chris Cuomo, he claimed he didn’t see Trump do anything deserving of his thanks. “It wasn’t like he was in the US and said, ‘OK, there’s three kids in China. I need to go over and get them.’ That wasn’t the thought process,” he told Cuomo.
“I say thank you when I see something.”
Obviously, Ball has a bit more trouble “seeing” than he lets on. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be blind to President Trump’s efforts to help. LiAngelo is clearly seeking attention any way he can get it.
Ball would rather excuse his son’s behavior than deal with it. Trump all but pointed that out in his fiery response, saying, “…But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!”