LaVar Ball commented after President Trump took credit Wednesday for negotiating the release of Ball’s son, UCLA freshman LiAngelo Ball, and his two teammates from China.
“Who?” LaVar responded when asked by ESPN about Trump.
“What, was he over there for?” Ball stated. “Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”
The three UCLA players were arrested in China November 7, for stealing from three different high-priced stores, including Louis Vuitton.
President Trump, who was visiting China talked to the President Xi Jinping about that issue.
“President Xi has been terrific on the subject,” Trump stated Tuesday. “What they did was unfortunate. You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences. They do not play games.”
Wednesday, following the release of the three players, President Trump wrote on Twitter about how serious the problem was.
Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2017
However, LaVar is not so sure how serious was President Trump’s role in freeing his son or how serious was the situation for him.
“As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine,” he stated for ESPN. “I’m happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there.
“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 player didn’t mind thanking President Trump for his contribution.
“We’re young men, but it’s not an excuse for making a really stupid decision,” LiAngelo Ball stated Wednesday during a press conference. “I’m extremely sorry for those I let down. I’d also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help they provided as well.”
Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, the other two players, also thanked President Trump at the press conference.
“We really appreciate you [President Donald Trump for] helping us out,” Riley stated.
UCLA has decided to suspend the players, but officials are still debating on how long the suspension should last, probably the whole season.
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