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Donald Trump rips LaVar Ball, says he should have left LiAngelo in Chinese jail

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Donald Trump is said to have played a big role in helping the three UCLA players who were arrested for shoplifting in China avoid serious legal trouble, but LaVar Ball didn’t exactly thank the U.S. president for his help. You can probably guess how Trump reacted to the lack of gratitude.

Over the weekend, Ball — whose son LiAngelo was one of the three UCLA freshmen who were arrested — downplayed Trump’s role in helping to sort out the situation.

“Who?” Ball told ESPN’s Arash Markazi. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

Ball went on to say people were trying to “make a big deal out of nothing” and that he has “seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses.” On Sunday, Trump unloaded on Ball for being so ungrateful and said he should have let the Big Baller Brand founder’s son go to prison.

We just knew this would somehow result in a war of words between Ball and Trump. LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill thanked Trump for his role in helping to get the charges dropped, but LaVar obviously feels the president did very little.

Shoplifting is a serious offense in China. Whether you like Trump or not, all indications are that he helped the three UCLA players avoid some serious punishment.

LaVar Ball downplays President Trump’s role in helping son

LaVar Ball

Despite the potentially serious nature of the crime, LaVar Ball downplayed the arrest of his son, LiAngelo Ball, and two other UCLA players, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, after they were detained on suspicion of shoplifting in China — a crime that could have carried a rather extensive prison sentence.

On Friday, Ball continued his dismissive nature, implying that President Donald Trump had little to do with the three returning home to the United States after their charges were ultimately dropped.

“Who?” Ball told ESPN. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

While on a diplomatic trip to Asia, Trump claims to have raised their case with President Xi Jinping of China, ultimately leading to their expedited release and return to the U.S. on Tuesday.

Upon their return home, the three UCLA players did, in fact, thank President Trump for his involvement.

“I would like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they’ve provided as well,” LiAngelo Ball said in a press conference on Wednesday.

Riley and Hill offered similar thanks, but no appreciation had been extended to Xi, which prompted another Trump tweet.

Given what we know of both Trump and LaVar Ball, it’s unlikely this public exchange has reached its conclusion.

LiAngelo Ball, UCLA players suspended indefinitely for shoplifting incident

LiAngelo Ball

UCLA held a press conference on Wednesday to address the shoplifting incident that resulted in three players being arrested in China last week, and head coach Steve Alford revealed that the freshmen have been suspended indefinitely from the program.

Alford said the amount of games LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill will miss has not been determined.

Alford and UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero noted that the three players seemed genuinely remorseful, and it sounds as though they will be back with the team at some point. All three apologized for their actions and thanked U.S. president Donald Trump for his assistance in resolving the matter.

Guerrero confirmed that the players stole from three stores and said the charges against against them were dropped.

Shoplifting is a serious offense in China and can result in up to 10 years in prison, so the players were fortunate to have gotten off with a slap on the wrist. LaVar Ball may have tried to downplay his son’s arrest initially, but it would appear UCLA is taking it seriously.

Donald Trump says he kept UCLA players out of jail, wants a ‘thank you’

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The Three UCLA basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting in China last week received some assistance from Donald Trump in resolving their case, and the U.S. president would like it if the young men showed their appreciation.

UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were finally allowed to leave China on Tuesday after they were basically under house arrest for a week at their hotel. Trump spoke directly with Chinese president Xi Jinping to help settle the issue, and all the charges have reportedly been dropped. Trump says the three players were facing as much as 10 years in jail, and he wants some credit for helping out.

You didn’t think Mr. President would pass up an opportunity to toot his own horn, did you?

Shoplifting is a serious offense in China, and surveillance footage reportedly proved that the three UCLA players stole from three high-end stores at a shopping center. Other than being ripped on national television by a UCLA legend, they really haven’t faced any consequences. Like it or not, all indications are that Trump had a lot to do with that.

UCLA players mobbed upon returning home from China (Video)

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The three UCLA Bruins freshmen who had remained in China after being arrested for allegedly shoplifting flew home and arrived in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, where they were mobbed.

Reporters were all over the scene at LAX when the players arrived and had cameras and flash photography ready. You can get a sense of what the scene was like from the video below.

This video gives an even better taste of it, though it does have some profanity midway through.

The three players — LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill — were being held in China with their case pending after being caught on video allegedly shoplifting from three stores nearby their team hotel. UCLA had traveled to China to face Georgia Tech in their season-opening game on Saturday, which they won. The three players were on a house arrest type of situation at the team hotel, did not play in the game, and did not fly back with the rest of the team.

They were lucky that President Donald Trump happened to be in China and was able to help negotiate their release. The players were able to escape with the charges being dropped.

As you can tell from the video, the players appear to have been scared straight and were silent when faced with all the questions.

Report: LiAngelo Ball, UCLA players had all shoplifting charges dropped

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The three UCLA basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting in China last week were finally allowed to return home on Tuesday, and it appears as though they will be coming back to the United States with no blemishes on their official police records.

According to a report from Mark Dreyer of China Sports Insider, all of the charges against UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill have been dropped. The players were permitted to leave the country on Tuesday after being placed under a version of house arrest at their hotel for a week, and Dreyer reports that they were not officially deported or escorted to the airport.

U.S. president Donald Trump arrived in China for a two-day stay the day after the arrests took place, and he spoke with Chinese president Xi Jinping about resolving the case. Sources told ESPN’s Arash Markazi that Trump’s involvement helped expedite the process, though there was never any real chance of the players serving jail time.

The three players are fortunate to have avoided legal trouble after surveillance footage reportedly showed them shoplifting from three high-end stores, but they could still face disciplinary action from UCLA. The school has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, during which Ball, Riley and Hill are expected to give statements. The three were already ripped on national television by one UCLA legend and are sure to face much more criticism.

Pac-12 commissioner releases statement on UCLA players who were arrested

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The three UCLA basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting in China last week were on a plane home to Los Angeles Tuesday morning, and it sounds as though the case has reached a resolution.

In a statement, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott confirmed that UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were flying home from China and thanked the Chinese authorities for the way they handled the incident.

The three freshmen were arrested last Tuesday after surveillance footage reportedly proved that they had stolen items from three high-end stores at a shopping center in Hangzhou. Shoplifting is a serious offense in China and can result in up to 10 years in prison. The players had been on a version of house arrest for the past week at the hotel where the team stayed.

As Scott mentioned in his statement, U.S. president Donald Trump spoke with Xi Jinping, his Chinese counterpart, during a two-day stay in China last week. All indications are that the players are going to get a slap on the wrist, though they have already been ripped on national television by one UCLA legend and are likely to face disciplinary action from the university.

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