Trump Took Credit for Rescuing UCLA Players From Chinese Court — One of Their Dads Says No Way

UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were detained in China and and were accused of shoplifting. This quickly made headlines, as the Ball family is well-known as celebrities in the public eye. However, they were released and landed back in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

While President Donald Trump was overseas on his nearly two-week trip to Asia, he spoke with President Xi Jinping of China about their release and then sent the following tweet:

The players ended up thanking President Trump during a press conference. Ball said:

“I would also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided as well. I am grateful to be back home, and I will never make a mistake like this again. I am extremely sorry for those who I let down.”

Trump then responded by saying “you’re welcome” to the players and even offered them a word of advice:

But one of the players’ fathers now has a different response to Trump claiming responsibility. LaVar Ball, who is the father of LiAngelo, is already a celebrity for raising three superstar basketball players and is known to be quite the character.

In an interview with ESPN, LaVar was asked about Trump and his role in the release of his son and responded, “Who?” Then he went on:

“What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out. […]

As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine. 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 L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses.”

UCLA has suspended the three players indefinitely as a result of the incident.


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