Donald Trump Says He Should Have Left UCLA Players Jailed In China

La Var Ball father of Los Angeles Lakers Lonzo Ball and UCLA player Li Angelo Ball watches the Lakers play the Los Angeles Clippers during an NBA summer league basketball game in Las Vegas. President Donald Trump

Then on Friday, one of the players' fathers, the always outspoken LaVar Ball, told ESPN that he was not impressed with Trump's intervention during the president's Asia trip.

Two days after LaVar Ball, father of detained UCLA player LiAngelo Ball, downplayed President Donald Trump's role in the return of three UCLA men's basketball players detained in China, the president fired back. "I should have left them in jail!"

Three University of California, Los Angeles basketball players were released from China last week after being arrested on shoplifting charges. But, Lavar Ball later suggested in an ESPN interview that Trump had little to do with the matter.

They also expressed remorse for stealing from three stores in China, and UCLA said that the players were indefinitely suspended from the basketball team while the school goes through the legal process with them. Like I told him, "They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes".

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The other two players each thanked Trump, as well. Before they thanked Trump on Wednesday for intervening with Xi, Trump had wondered whether they would express gratitude to him.

Ball's son, LiAngelo, along with two other members of the UCLA basketball team, were arrested on November 7 for allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store, and detained in China for questioning. The trio of players did not return to the United States with their team, and were placed on house arrest at their hotel while the police continued their investigation.

LaVar Ball, who has made a name for himself as a professional talker while attempting to build a brand around his three basketball playing sons, was in China during the week-long incident. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!"

I'm happy with how things were handled. It sure looks like race baiting to a lot of people. "I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses". Sunday's tweet from the president of the United States calling out Lavar Ball by name somehow seemed like a foregone conclusion.

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