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LaVar Ball: I Would Have Thanked Trump If He Flew Son, Teammates on Air Force One

In an extraordinary interview Monday with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “CNN Tonight,” Lavar Ball, father of UCLA Basketball’s LiAngelo Ball, explained that President Donald Trump would have gotten a “thank you” from him had he flown his son and the other two detained players home from China.

The players were being held in China for shoplifting while in the country for a basketball game.

Saturday, LaVar Ball refused to acknowledge Trump’s role in getting the three players home, to which Trump responded by saying he should have left the basketball players in jail.

Cuomo pressed Ball to thank Trump, but Ball said he would only thank the president had he let the trio come home with him on his plane.

“I would have said thank you if he put him on his plane and took him home,” the elder Ball told Cuomo. “Then I would have said thank you, Mr. Trump, for taking my boys out of China and bringing them back to the U.S. There’s a lot of room on that plane. I would have said thank you kindly for that.”

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  1. bluewren

    November 21, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    What a stupid arrogant and ignorant man.

    • ola

      November 22, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      exactly !!

  2. Trump Country

    November 21, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    this guy makes everyone he talks to or gets near feel like they need a shower in disinfectant

  3. Mica Stevens

    November 21, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Lavar Ball IS extremely ungrateful and he would be the first one to be griping and carping if President Trump had not done anything to help his shoplifting son get off the hook!


    November 21, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Incredible. The Chinese don’t mess around. There were looking at 10 years or more. I hope they learned their lesson, but it sounds like at least this one get it from their father.

  5. Juleta Brandes

    November 21, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    You fool!! Your son was shoplifting!! Why fly a thug in the Air Force One!! I still think you are looking for 15 minutes of Fame. You must be so proud of your son for shoplifting. Did you teach your son how??

  6. John Rutherford

    November 21, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Well jeez, Home Fry. How about the Space Shuttle. After all, he’s a P.O.S. college ball player that steals. Only the best for the little sprog, eh? Should’ve left his klepto arse in the Chinese klink. Another entitled nothing.

  7. Michael D Brandenburg

    November 21, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Your son was saved from the “[email protected]#$%^&&*ing Chinese,,,fall on your knees TRUMP—YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD!

  8. James Soto

    November 21, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    This is one of the few times where I would use the N Word in describing the comments made by one of the fathers of the 3 Negro UCLA Basketball team players who were caught Shoplifting in China and were saved from rotting in a Chinese prison for 10 years after Our Great POTUS Donald J. Trump saved their black asses the Hard Labor they deserved. Being Politically Correct in America is totally destroying the America I grew up in. The Socialist Progressive Liberal Snowflakes use Political Correctness as their Battle Cry. Political Correctness has made the Millennial Generation a “Pussy Generation” in my view. They should all be drafted into the US Army Infantry and sent to Syria or Afghanistan to cull these Socialist POS Fake Americans idiots Once and for ALL TIME.

    • peggy gleichman

      November 21, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      Your comment was 100% spot on and it is good to know that there are folks that actually do share the same feelings. Again, awesome.

  9. Rex. Harris

    November 21, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    James Soto

  10. Frank McVicker

    November 21, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    The military has higher standards than these young men. Maybe they can work at McDonalds if they can pass the cooking test.

  11. Cuivre

    November 22, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Cuomo can’t believe how stupid and obtuse this cretin was- he was looking to teh sky for signals to help him understand the warped “logic” and maze of twisted hoops of language he was witnessing.

  12. gerald

    November 22, 2017 at 1:39 am

    If he helped you shoplifting son out of jail, at all, thats alot more than you could hope for. Trump helped them, didnt he. If it’d been me the shoplifting thieves would still be there. Your an ungrateful fool. Hell they make good money and they can pay for their own airfare. Your just an ungrateful slob

  13. abacus

    November 22, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Typical black, give them a ounce and they want a pound.


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  15. Jim

    November 23, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Funny thing: the passports could be revoked from each of the 3 theives. Wouldn’t that be justified? They should loose their scholarships and any right to advance in the sport of basketball.
    They have proved that they are untrustworthy as Americans. They have proved that they have BLACK PRIVILEGE by saying that this stealing is commonplace and should be ignored, and they have given their school a very bad name a very bad name as s place where thieves can go to get educated.

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