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President Trump fires back at father of UCLA basketball player

20 November 2017, 01:56 | Sam Montgomery

President Trump Blasts Father of Recently Released UCLA Player for Being Unappreciative of His Help in Gaining Son’s Release

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But Ball's father LaVar Ball, a brash media personality known for outspoken advocacy of his three basketball playing sons, minimised the president's role in an interview Friday with sports network ESPN.

Donald Trump on Sunday said he was sorry for helping secure the release of three college basketball players caught shoplifting in China, after one of their fathers downplayed the president's role. Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I'm from L.A.

The players faced potential jail sentences for shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store in the country, however Trump reportedly spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the matter.


Freshman LiAngelo Ball was detained along with Jalen Hill and Cody Riley almost two weeks ago and returned last week after Trump said he had a long conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the incident. They will not travel with the team or suit up for home games.

The next day, he encouraged the players to thank Xi Jinping and also encouraged them to HAVE A GREAT LIFE and "be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life", which seems like something he probably read on a fortune cookie from whatever is the Chinese food equivalent of the Cinco De Mayo taco bowl at Trump Tower.

The players returned to the US last week. Trump said on Twitter Sunday morning.


Hill, Riley and Ball had been required to stay at their hotel in Hangzhou after being questioned about a shoplifting incident.

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said last week that the players stole from three stores. "I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses". "I've learned my lesson from this big mistake, and I'm a hundred percent sure I'll never make a mistake like this again".




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