President Trump to LaVar Ball: I Should Have Left Your Kid in Jail

Timothy Meads
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Posted: Nov 19, 2017 1:30 PM
President Trump to LaVar Ball: I Should Have Left Your Kid in Jail

President Donald J. Trump responded to the bombastic Big Baller Brand founder LaVar Ball on Twitter Sunday afternoon saying he should have left Ball's son, a UCLA basketball star,  in a Chinese jail. 

Lauretta and Christine covered this story earlier in the week. LiAngelo Ball, younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers' rookie Lonzo Ball, is a star athlete at UCLA. While oversees in China for a tournament, Ball along with two other teammates were accused of shoplifting. 

"The three freshmen players, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, had been detained for a week in their hotel rooms in Hangzhou after they were accused of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton boutique. UCLA was in China for a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. The three did not play." 

After hearing reports of the situation, President Trump told members of the press that he would intercede on the three Americans behalf. 

"Trump told reporters on Air Force One Tuesday that he brought up the players' fate in a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, adding that they were working on allowing the players to return home.

"What they did was unfortunate,” Trump said of the players. “You know, you're talking about very long prison sentences. They do not play games."

"Hopefully everything is going to work out,” Trump added, calling it "a very rough situation." He said President Xi Jinping had been " terrific on that subject."

President Trump's intercession worked. The three players were sent back to the United States. However, President Trump tweeted his dissatisfaction with their lack of thanks. 

The players promptly said thank you. It seemed as if the saga was over. 

That is until LaVar Ball, who may be the only person in the world more outspoken and more proud of his last name than President Trump is, issued an insult towards the president yesterday

LaVar Ball downplayed his son's shoplifting incident in China, as well as President Donald Trump's involvement in getting LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players back to the United States earlier this week.

"Who?" LaVar Ball told ESPN on Friday, when asked about Trump's involvement in the matter. "What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out."

This led to the inevitable; Twitter and the internet predicting a Donald Trump v. LaVar Ball show down.

Sunday afternoon, President Trump delivered his response. President Trump's aforementioned tweet is already getting plenty of responses on Twitter. 

It is unclear what, if any, political or business ramifications there will be to President Trump or the Big Baller Brand from this fiasco.