Trump to LaVar Ball: 'I should have left them in jail!'

Rosalie Stanley
November 20, 2017

Three UCLA basketball players returned home last week after being detained in China for shoplifting, and Trump, as we all knew he would, took a ton of credit for their release.

"I would like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help they provided as well", said Ball.

"Who?" LaVar Ball told EPSN Friday when asked about Trump's efforts to help his son.

"What was he over there for? That's gonna be debated, that's gonna be argued about, but I want to put that on the table: it sure looks like race-baiting to a lot of people".

However, all three players thanked the president after flying back home.

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He later wrote: "Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar".

The players, for their part, did exactly that at an afternoon press conference the same day. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!"

Trump's remarks on Sunday provoked strong reactions on Twitter, including from one Democratic lawmaker who accused the president of personal pettiness. Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly told the Times the president was instrumental in their release, bringing it up with China's Xi Jinping.

The president did not take kindly to LaVar Ball's dismissal. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. "I'm happy with how things were handled". Don't tell me nothing. "I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses", he said.

Which somehow manages to both be accurate - Trump was making it a bigger deal - and totally cavalier about committing crimes in foreign countries - shoplifting in China is different than shoplifting in L.A.! UCLA has suspended them from the team indefinitely. For better or worse, it's extremely clear that the president loves to watch cable nearly as much as he loves Twitter so he'll no doubt pick up LaVar's response.

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