Donald Trump Responds to LaVar Ball's Comments

Dora Pope
November 20, 2017

Ball downplayed the President's role in getting the three UCLA players (including his son) released after being arrested in China.

"I would like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help they provided as well", said Ball.

"Who?" LaVar Ball told ESPN on Friday, when asked about Trump's involvement in the matter.

"What was he over there for? Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", he added. That question, of course, was in response to the president demanding credit for "freeing" three UCLA players.

While experts in Chinese law told USA TODAY Sports that the trio would probably not face severe punishment, Trump posted on Twitter that they were in line for "10 years in jail" before he intervened.

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"To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You're welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE!".

Trump, who returned late Tuesday from a trip through Asia, raised the players' case with President Xi Jinping of China during a visit to Beijing last week. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!" On Tuesday, the players returned home to the US on Tuesday.

Lest you think the administration had better things to do, Dan Scavino, White House Director of Social Media, also tweeted, a similar message.

LaVar Ball told ESPN that while he was pleased with how the situation in China was handled, he feels like it was overblown.

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. All three players were suspended from the Bruins basketball team indefinitely. "I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses", he said. It sure looks like race baiting to a lot of people. "Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I'm from LA".

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