LaVar Ball Burns President Trump For Supposed Intervention In China

Lynette Rowe
November 19, 2017

On Thursday, US President Donald Trump acknowledged the thanks given to him by the three UCLA basketball players who have been released from China after being caught shoplifting.

Students LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday, one week after they were detained for allegedly stealing from a Louis Vuitton store.

At a press conference following their return, they thanked Trump for his part in freeing them after the President asked them for kudos via his Twitter account. Within those meetings, Trump managed to request President Xi Jinping's help with releasing the three freshmen players from committing a theft crime.

Their coach, Steve Alford, said he was "extremely disappointed in their actions", and added that the three had been suspended from the UCLA basketball team indefinitely.

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"I take full responsibility for the mistakes I have made, shoplifting", Riley told reporters. "They were headed for 10 years in jail!" he tweeted. They were confined to the team hotel while authorities investigated the incident and pondered formal charges.

On Friday, Ball continued his dismissive nature, implying that President Donald Trump had little to do with the three returning home to the United States after their charges were ultimately dropped. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out".

"I can't wait to see President Trump walking around the Oval Office in a Trump branded suit and the Big Baller Brand sneakers I'm sure LaVar will send him for Christmas!"

"Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things and they get stuck on them too long", Ball continued. "We in effect." He then said that they would run into each other and would be "good". Sources previously told ESPN that the situation was likely to be resolved in several weeks, but Trump was visiting China and claimed to have brought the matter up with Xi Jinping.

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