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POTUS Donald Trump Twits ‘Ungrateful’ LaVar Ball

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LaVar Ball is not giving any credit to President Donald Trump for helping get his son, LiAngelo, and two other UCLA players out of a potential prison term in China. And the POTUS doesn’t like it one bit.


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In a tweet that Trump wrote on Nov. 20, Trump apparently regretted his decision to speak to Chinese president Xi Jinping regarding the shoplifting case of LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley. The three players were held by Chinese authorities after they were tagged in stealing luxury sunglasses from a high-end Chinese boutique.

“Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal,” Trump tweeted. “I should have left them in jail!”

Reports have said that a shoplifting charge in China may carry as much as a 10-year prison sentence.


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When interviewed by ESPN and told that Trump was instrumental in bringing his son home, LaVar didn’t believe that the President had anything to do with it. “What was he over there for?” he told Arash Markazi. “Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

Later, Trump added that shoplifting is a very big deal in China, which means five years in jail at the very least. The President said he should have left LiAngelo Ball and the two UCLA players to be on house arrest in China, and bring up the case to the Chinese President “during my next trip to China instead.”

In fact, he said that LaVar knew why his son and the two basketball players were released because the Chinese government told them. “ Very ungrateful!” Trump wrote.


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LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill all read a statement in a news conference last week thanking Trump for his help.

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