Trump to Lavar Ball “I should have left them in jail”
President Trump clashes with freed player's father, LaVar Ball
November 22, 2017
Two weeks ago, basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were arrested in China after being accused of shoplifting sunglasses in a Luis Vuitton store in Hangzhou. After police discovered more stolen items in the suspects’ bags, they were also accused of shoplifting from two other stores near their hotel. The trio were sentenced to ten years in jail, but after several days of deliberation, they were released with the help of President Donald Trump, who personally requested that Chinese president, Xi Jinping, intervene on the case.
Since then, the players have safely returned to the states, and after thanking President Trump in a news conference, were indefinitely suspended from the UCLA basketball team.
Despite Trump’s role in freeing the players, LaVar Ball, father of LiAngelo Ball, had sentiments quite different to that of his grateful son. In an interview with ESPN, Lavar commented on Trump’s actions, “Who? What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it like he helped me out.”
Trump immediately fired back on Twitter, saying, “Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!”
Dan Scavino, Trump’s social media director, tweeted that LaVar Ball is ungrateful, and without the President’s help, his sons would be sequestered in a Chinese prison “for a long, long time”.
Next time the President frees Americans from a foreign prison sentence, perhaps just a “thank-you” would do.
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