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The tension between President Donald Trump and LaVar Ball, the father of one of the UCLA basketball players release from China after getting arrested for shoplifting, increased with the president’s tweet on Sunday.

“I should have left them in jail!,” Trump shot back at Ball after he dismissed the president’s role in helping to release his son, LiAngelo Ball,  Jalen Hill and Cody Riley who were charged for stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near their hotel in Hangzhou.


The three UCLA freshmen returned to the United States on Tuesday, avoiding prosecution for shoplifting that could have resulted in up to 10 years in prison. Trump, while on a state visit to China, reportedly raised the issue with his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, asking for his help to resolve the issue. When Trump didn’t receive a pat on the back for their release, he shamed the athletes via a Twitter post, asking, “Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump?” Ultimately, all three players expressed their gratitude during a press conference, ESPN reported.

In an interview with ESPN on Friday, LaVar Ball told the network that people “want to make it seem like he (Trump) helped me out.” It was reported that White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly had been in touch with the families, the UCLA coaching staff and Chinese authorities. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is believed to have briefed Trump about the case. LaVar Ball added that his son was accused of committing a minor offense, which does not “define” his son’s character—noting that he’s seen people commit worse crimes while growing up in Los Angeles.


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27 thoughts on “‘I Should Have Left Them In Jail,’ Trump Fires Back At LaVar Ball

  1. I think we have 2 of a kind on different sides of the field here. Two clueless people looking for pats on the back for not doing very much.

  2. It would be nice if Trump won’t actually not lying and focus on important matters of the USA people…jobs, medical, threats, education, …not such lower level matters a NBA matters and NFL matters… our country is in turmoil.

  3. They are both ignorant and wrong. Ball for thinking going to another country and committing a crime is not big deal. They are lucky, they should be told about the young man who tore down a poster and was sentenced. 45 is just being 45. He wants to be patted on the back, whether he did it or not. He should be blocked from social media, because he doesn’t know what to say out of his mouth.

  4. Christianforreal on said:

    These two men are cut from the same cloth. They both are too arrogant to have any humility in this matter. Yes, those children acted like children.They had no business what so ever stealing, no matter they were when they did it. But did Ball’s Dad say, ‘Oh my, I’m surprised that my son would do such a thing. Please forgive him’? Hell no, he says, ‘What’s the big deal”. Humble, I think not. And that’s the same type of attitude that Trump had. ‘Oh my the children didn’t kiss my butt immediately after I exercised my use of China contacts’. Because, as we know, they did come out the very next day after getting back to the US and thank Trump and everyone involved. Why are Ball and Trump still going on about it? Because they both are arrogant and STUPID!!! This is a two way street!

  5. FallMornings on said:

    My response to you is, these young men are free and back in the USA. Would daddy rather his son stand charges in China and spend 10 years of hard labor?

  6. FallMornings on said:

    In some cases, its best to say Thank You and move on. Passing Through he didn’t leave them in jail, he got them released. So your argument is?

  7. ButterPecan on said:

    Isn’t that something that The State Department would handle? chump lying again! Why won’t he take credit for Russia interfering in his election! We haven’t forgotten about that.

    • 45 will never admit the Russians influence the elections, that will be like him admitting the elections was illegit. He damn sure don’t want to believe that.

  8. Passing Through!! on said:

    trump wanting to be thanked and praised while he himself is a thief who defrauded people out of millions with his fake trump university scam and had to pay a 25 million dollar settlement to his victims. That’s why he couldn’t get a high power law team to defend him in the Russia scandal because he has a reputation for stiffing attorneys and not paying his legal fees, he should have just kept his mouth closed, of course he can’t. Like a true loser he wanted to be publically acknowledge, the little kid who manage to use the potty without shi**ing on himself wanted a pat on the head and a cookie. He said “I should have left them in jail” no your corrupt ass should be in jail!

  9. Donald Trump played right into LaVar Ball’s hand, he probably dropped the mic when Trump twitted about him. BBB (Big Baller Brand) just sold another 100 pair of shoes starting $500 a pair. Ball is just like Trump, getting paid.. I ain’t even mad at him. Trump just got served… .

    • Dr Larry on said:

      Of course they will repeat their criminal behavior. Their father never bothered to instill a sense of right and wrong. Too busy with the life long obsession of black males… sneakers. How sad, but as you see, the typical village idiots below give them a free pass

  10. Dr Larry on said:

    The real piece of shit is this kids father who thinks that stealing in a country like China is no big deal. It could have been up to 10 years in a deplorable jail. He also shows his complete ignorance by asking why Trump was there. Ah, to negotiate peaceful sanctions with countries to suppress a rogue nuclear North Korea

    • Passing Through!! on said:

      And the even bigger piece of shit is your dumb ass pretending to be a black trump supporting coon. Ignorance is your president tweeting out condolences to the Texas mass shooting that already happened for the mass shooting that took place in California, now that’s f**king stupid.

  11. There u have it. That’s why i wanted to throw up when that fool was seeking praise from those players for doing what his job required him to do in regards to these players. Only this ignorant ranmous would say something so asinine, saying he should have left the players in jail. Now people are going to go after liangelo Balls father said about the fake prez. Welp, his dad only said what most of us in the blk community thought. Donald Trump is so narcissistic, it’s always about the man child’s feelings. F u 45.

  12. I never believed his racist ass had anything to do with helping them get out of jail because if were left up to him he probably would have left them in jail. And wants to be publicly acknowledge for doing the right thing, that show what a Piece of S**t he is. They shouldn’t thanked him after what he did to the Central Park 5, Fawk trump!!!

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