LaVar Ball Isn’t Giving Trump Any Credit For His Son’s Release
UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who had been detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, landed back in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, then addressed the media the following day before being indefinitely suspended by the team. Trump returned on Tuesday from a trip throughout Asia, and claims he raised their case with China President Xi Jinping during a visit to Beijing last week.
When asked about the POTUS’ involvement in getting his son released, LaVar Ball responded to ESPN saying, “Who?” Later adding, “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”
Not only did Ball downplay Trump’s role in the entire situation, but he’s also staying strong in defending his son for his actions as well. He said, “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. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that’s a different thing.