Trump Attacks UCLA Player’s Dad On Twitter During Sunday Night Mental Meltdown


President Trump began what seems to be yet another Twitter war, this time with the father of UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball.  On Sunday, Trump tweeted twice about his involvement in China’s release of UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who were being held for shoplifting at a Louis Vuitton store. Trump’s tweets came as a direct response to Ball’s father, LaVar, over comments he made to ESPN on Saturday.

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The original tweet, posted several hours earlier, slammed LaVar Ball openly for downplaying Trump’s role in bringing the basketball players back to the United States safely.

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

Trump followed this tweet with a softer stance on the situation, saying he should have let the athletes stay in China until his next visit to the country.

The president stated: “Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!”

The tweets were undoubtedly a blatant attack on comments LaVar Ball made on the ESPN on Saturday, where he displayed disbelief in Trump’s hand in freeing his son.  When asked about the president’s involvement, Ball replied, “who?”

Ball continued:

‘What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.’

Not only did Ball downplay the president’s role in his son’s release from jail and return to the United States, but he underscored how little his son had to do with the shoplifting incident in China, saying:

‘I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him. As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine.’

During his trip to Asia last month, President Trump reportedly spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and requested the release of the UCLA athletes.  Although LaVar denied the president aided the process, the basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, held a press conference thanking Trump for his help when they returned to the United States this week.

ESPN reached out to UCLA Warriors coach, Steve Kerr, for comment, where he stated:

‘Modern life. People seeking attention, and they’re both getting it. I’m sure both guys are really happy. You know what would help? If all of you just stopped covering both of them. Is that possible? You can probably stop covering LaVar. I don’t think you can stop covering the president. I don’t think that would work.’