LiAngelo Ball Says UCLA Forced Him to Thank Trump After China Shoplifting Incident

“I would also like to thank President [Donald] Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided as well.” Those were the words of former UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball at a Nov. 15 press conference after Ball’s return to the U.S. following his arrest for shoplifting in China. They were words that the president wanted to hear. And now, Ball is claiming, they were words that UCLA forced him to say. In an interview on The Breakfast Club, Ball said that it was not his idea to thank Trump, and that it was a last-minute addition to his Nov. 15 remarks. “My school wanted to hear it,” Ball 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 Continue reading "LiAngelo Ball Says UCLA Forced Him to Thank Trump After China Shoplifting Incident"

LaVar Ball Says He’s Pulled Son LiAngelo From UCLA Following Suspension Over Shoplifting

It looks like LiAngelo Ball will now be attending Big Baller Academy. This afternoon, TMZ broke the story that the nation’s most notorious sports dad, LaVar Ball, had pulled LiAngelo from UCLA. ESPN has since confirmed the story with LaVar Ball. This comes roughly a month after LiAngelo Ball, a freshman on the school’s basketball team, was arrested with two other players in China for shoplifting. The players were eventually released following President Donald Trump’s visit to China. After the young athletes expressed gratitude to the president for intervening on their behalf, a feud quickly erupted between Trump and LaVar Ball, with the basketball father claiming Trump didn’t do that much to secure the players’ release and the president declaring that he should have left the athletes in jail. Following the shoplifting incident, LiAngelo Ball has been serving an indefinite suspension at UCLA and hasn’t been allowed to play, Continue reading "LaVar Ball Says He’s Pulled Son LiAngelo From UCLA Following Suspension Over Shoplifting"

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’"