In a recent interview LiAngelo Ball revealed he only thanked President Donald Trump after his return from China because UCLA made him.
Ball was quoted saying, “If they didn’t want me to do it. If they didn’t tell me to do it, it wouldn’t have been in there, to be honest.”
If you may recall, Ball, along with Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were released on bail November 8th after President Trump, who happened to be in China at the time mentioned their case to President Xi Jinping of China.
Ball and his friends were accused of taking sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou. That’s in China.
In China, shoplifters (especially foreigners) face harsh punishment as the country is known for its zero-tolerance penal code. Shoplifting in China carries a minimum sentence of three years in prison and a maximum sentence of a decade, according to Criminal Law experts.
Thanks to President Trump, Ball was able to remain in his hotel until they boarded a return flight to Los Angeles on Tuesday rather than a Chinese jail cell.
Balls’ father, LaVar Ball later told CNN that he doesn’t necessarily feel the need to thank President Trump.
It is hard to imagine a father not being thankful and maybe even grateful to the person who was able to get their child out of China after learning their own flesh and blood was arrested for shoplifting.
I wonder what Balls’ reaction would have been if this exact situation occurred under a different presidential administration? I guess we will never know.
LaVar Ball, who is the father of three basketball players. Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo, LiAngelo, who was enrolled at UCLA briefly with a basketball scholarship and LaMelo has come under criticism for his statements and parenting from many people following these events.
Charles Barkley recently blasted Lavar Ball as someone making up for a lack of “talent” by “exploiting his kids” by withdrawing his two younger sons from UCLA and high school and signing them with a professional basketball team in Lithuania.
Barkley went on to state, “I just feel bad for those kids, because everybody’s talking about how he might be a good father, this and that. No, he’s not. He’s just exploiting his kids.”
One thing is certain, in an age of political partisans and political correctness going haywire, something as basic as saying “Thank You” is under fire.