It didn’t take long after LaVar Ball’s dismissal of Donald Trump’s role in getting his son LiAngelo out of China, for the President to fire off a message blasting the Big Baller Brand boss on Twitter. President Trump threw the elder Ball’s supposed ingratitude in his face with his lone tweet on Sunday, November, 19.
“Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, 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,” wrote Trump.
Following his release and return to the United States alongside Jalen Hall, and Cody Riley, LiAngelo apologized to President Trump during a televised press conference. But the media has hounded LaVar for his reaction in the days since, and the basketball dad remained quiet until Friday, when during an interview with ESPN’s Arash Markazi, an inquiry was raised into what he might have to say to the President. “Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out,” was Ball’s response.
For the record, Trump did indeed expedite the players’ release, but several influential figures had already gotten involved and were working to resolve the legal plight they would have otherwise faced. Initial reports told of Ball, Hall and Riley possibly facing 10 years in prison; which is a fact that Trump has continued to bring up while embellishing the extent of his assistance. But there had already been reports that their prospective punishment would be limited to a couple of weeks of house arrest and then indefinite banishment from the communist nation.