President Trump fires back at father of UCLA basketball player

20 November, 2017, 01:55 | Author: Alicia Barber
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LaVar Ball, the father of one of the arrested players, on Friday downplayed Trump's role in freeing the players from a Chinese jail earlier in the week.

The Twitter tantrum comes in response to former basketball player LaVar Ball brushing off any role Trump had in his son's release from a Chinese prison.

"What was he over there for?" Don't tell me nothing. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", LaVar Ball said.

During a Wednesday press conference, the teenage players, themselves, issued apologies for their behavior and thanked everyone involved for helping to resolve the matter and bringing them home, including President Trump. "They were headed for 10 years in jail!" he tweeted. Donald Trump vs. LaVar Ball is the new rivalry of the future.

Trump, apparently insecure about approval ratings, asked whether the players would thank him. (Particularly when said citizens are high profile and/or Big Ballers.) He spoke to Xi Jinping, president of the People's Republic of China, and the players were then released. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!" he wrote on Twitter.

That's right. Forget Donald Trump vs. Kim Jong-un, or Donald Trump vs. the NFL.

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Ball's comments, while not particularly gracious given the circumstances, once again proved no slight is too small to pierce the president's thin candy shell.

"Wannabe @Lakers coach, BIG MOUTH @Lavarbigballer knows if it weren't for President @realDonaldTrump, his son would be in China for a long, long, long time!".

In a Sunday morning tweet, Trump criticized LaVar Ball for being "unaccepting for what I did for his son".

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said Wednesday that the players stole from three stores. "I'm happy with how things were handled".

"Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that's a different thing".

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