Trump Fires Back at LaVar Ball Over UCLA Players’ Release: ‘I Should Have Left Them In Jail’

President Trump isn’t happy with LaVar Ball‘s comments downplaying his role in the release of UCLA players arrested in China. In fact, not only did Trump rip Ball for being ungrateful for “what I did for his son,” but the President of the United States said “I should have left them in jail!” Wow. [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

LaVar Ball Brushes Off Trump’s Role in UCLA Players’ Release From China: ‘Who?’

It was really only a matter of time, wasn’t it? Days after three UCLA basketball players returned home to the United States after being detained in China over shoplifting charges, the father of one of the players sounded off to ESPN and completely downplayed President Donald Trump’s role in securing the players’ release. LaVar Ball — a guy who courts controversy as if it is his very lifeblood — was asked by ESPN about Trump’s involvement in bringing his son LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA freshmen home. And he answered in the most LaVar way possible. “Who?” Ball exclaimed. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.” During a trip to China earlier this month for a game, the three players were held on suspicion of shoplifting as they were accused of stealing from Continue reading "LaVar Ball Brushes Off Trump’s Role in UCLA Players’ Release From China: ‘Who?’"

UCLA Basketball Players Arrested in China Thank Trump: ‘We Really Appreciate You Helping Us Out’

President Donald Trump was looking for a thank you — and he got it. At a news conference on Wednesday, three UCLA basketball players who were arrested in China for shoplifting expressed their gratitude to Trump for intervening on their behalf — efforts which included a personal appeal to China’s President, Xi Jinping. “To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf,” said Cody Riley, one of the three arrested players. “We really appreciate you helping us out.” Riley’s sentiment was echoed by the other two Bruins who were implicated — LiAngelo Ball and Jalen Hill. Ball is the most well-known of the three players, as he is the brother of L.A. Lakers star rookie Lonzo Ball, and the son of LaVar Ball — whose hyperbolic promotion of his sons has made him a household name. Continue reading "UCLA Basketball Players Arrested in China Thank Trump: ‘We Really Appreciate You Helping Us Out’"

Trump Fishes For Gratitude From Freed UCLA Players and Twitter is Vexed

President Donald Trump’s majestic journey to Asia has come to a close. He’s back baby, with unfettered access to the White House’s wi-fi. In other words, the president has returned to Twitter with a vengeance. He’s already tweeted that CNN is “fake” and a “loser,” accused the “failing” New York Times of hating “the fact” that he developed a “good relationship” with world leaders and retweeted a random online poll that shows him with an astounding 80 percent approval rating. Trump also posted this curious tweet, in which he seems to be fishing for gratitude from the UCLA players he reportedly helped free from the Chinese legal system after they were caught allegedly shoplifting. Trump said that he negotiated Continue reading "Trump Fishes For Gratitude From Freed UCLA Players and Twitter is Vexed"

Trump Praises President Xi After Release of Arrested UCLA Basketball Players: ‘He Was Terrific’

The three UCLA basketball players arrested in China for shoplifting have been released, following personal intervention from President Donald Trump — who discussed the topic with China’s President, Xi Jinping. Cody Riley, Jalen Hill, and LiAngelo Ball (the brother of L.A. Lakers star rookie Lonzo Ball, and the son of entrepreneur LaVar Ball — who has become a favorite of ESPN and Saturday Night Live for what many see as over-the-top promotion of his sons) are headed back to the U.S. with the matter reportedly having been resolved. Speaking with the press pool on Air Force One, Trump opened up about his chat with Xi. “I had a great conversation with President Xi,” Trump said. “What they did was unfortunate. You are talking about long prison sentences. They dont play games.” Trump appeared to condemn the actions of the three players charged with Continue reading "Trump Praises President Xi After Release of Arrested UCLA Basketball Players: ‘He Was Terrific’"

Trump Reportedly Asked Xi Jinping to Intervene in Case of Three UCLA Hoops Players Arrested in China

Last week, three UCLA basketball players were arrested in China for shoplifting. President Donald Trump is now reportedly stepping in to try to resolve the case. According to the Washington Post, Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping to try to bring closure to the situation. UCLA players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill have been forced to remain in China as the rest of their team flew back to the U.S. Ball is the brother of highly-touted L.A. Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, and the son of LaVar Ball — who has become a household name due to his over-the-top promotion of his sons, specifically Lonzo. This past weekend on Saturday Night Live, LaVar, portrayed by Kenan Thompson, was mocked during Weekend Update. According to an ESPN report, LaVar scrapped plans to hold a press conference on the matter due Continue reading "Trump Reportedly Asked Xi Jinping to Intervene in Case of Three UCLA Hoops Players Arrested in China"

Trump Mocks ‘Short and Fat’ Kim Jong Un, Announces China is ‘Upping’ DPRK Sanctions in Tweetstorm

In President Donald Trump’s Saturday night Twitter rant, he referred to Kim Jong Un as “short and fat,” attacked the “haters and fools” who question his coziness to Vladimir Putin, claimed China is “upping the sanctions” on North Korea — without providing evidence — and slammed Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for their relationships with Russia. “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!” Said the president — capping off his six part tweetstorm tonight.