LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball, thinks shoplifting is no big deal. He also said he didn’t need help from President Trump, to bring his son home from China. Over the weekend, President Trump and White House Social Media Director, Dan Scavino, set the internet on fire with their response.
LiAngelo, along with Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were arrested two weeks ago for shoplifting at a mall in Hangzhou. China. But instead of facing ten years in a Chinese prison, the players arrived back home to the United States last Tuesday. Their release came just hours after President Trump spoke with Chinese President, Xi Jinping.
Shortly after returning home, Ball, Riley, and Hill gave a press conference on the situation. Accepting responsibility for their actions, they thanked the president for his help. “I didn’t exercise my best judgment, and I’m sorry for that,” said LiAngelo. “I’d also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided as well.”
However, LaVar Ball was not so grateful in his response.
Not only did he downplay the seriousness of their crime, but he also claimed the president did nothing to help solve the problem. According to Ball, people are making much ado about nothing. His remarks are every bit as ridiculous and audacious as you’d expect, coming from a progressive.
“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,” he told ESPN on Friday. “My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him.” After seemingly making excuses for the trio’s reckless behavior, he aimed President Trump.
“Who?” Ball told ESPN when asked about Trump’s involvement in the matter. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.” After seeing the interview, bot Trump and Scavino took to social media to explain a few facts to Ball about the matter.
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
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) November 18, 2017
In basketball, they call that a slam dunk.