LaVar Ball refused to thank President Trump for saving his son from spending his best years in a Chinese prison. LiAngelo, on the other hand, did thank the president for his help. But now, after a jaw-dropping statement from the young athlete, it’s clear that father and son are exactly alike.
If you recall, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were arrested for shoplifting near their hotel in China. Although highly unusual, the Chinese government granted bail to the UCLA basketball players. However, they were not allowed to leave the communist country.
Fortunately for them, President Trump happened to be on a 12-day trip to East Asia when the incident occurred. He spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping and hours later and then Ball and his friends headed back to America.
After returning home, all three athletes thanked President Trump for his help but LaVar chose not to express his gratitude. Rather than be humble and gracious, Ball decided to attack the president in several interviews claiming he did nothing to help. On Friday, LiAngelo admitted he isn’t grateful either
Speaking to The Breakfast Club radio show, LiAngelo claimed UCLA forced him to thank President Trump. “My school wanted to hear it,” he said. “Before I went up there, it was like, ‘You’ve got to thank him.’ I just threw him in-there real quick right before I gave my speech. … If they didn’t tell me to do it, it wouldn’t have been in there, to be honest.”
What would he know about being honest? There is nothing honest about stealing. Nor is it honest to say you have no reason to thank the president.
Sadly, LiAngelo’s statement is emblematic of the “entitlement mentality” that many millennials suffer with. Although, it’s not hard to see where he learned it from. The UCLA coaching staff suspended the players indefinitely over the incident. LaVar subsequently withdrew his son from the university because he felt the punishment was unreasonable.