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I 'Should Have Left' UCLA Players In Jail Over Father's Comments

20 November 2017, 01:57 | Yvette Williams

Trump on UCLA players released from China: 'I should have left them in jail!'

President Trump Blasts Father of Recently Released UCLA Player for Being Unappreciative of His Help in Gaining Son’s Release

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.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) ripped President Trump on Sunday after the president said he should have left three UCLA basketball players in jail in China for shoplifting. "I should have left them in jail!"

The three players returned to Los Angeles on Tuesday after being accused of shoplifting from high-end stores during a trip to China.

LaVar, apparently insecure at the insinuation that he did not have the power to get his son out of Chinese jail - which again, LiAngelo likely wouldn't have served any time anyways - told ESPN, "Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out". "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!"

LaVar Ball, father of LiAngelo Ball and the owner of the Big Baller brand, attends a promotional event in Shanghai on November 10, 2017. "The president was saying, 'It's not too serious".

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"Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes, '" Ball told ESPN.

UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said the players had stolen items from three stores when students were given 90 minutes of free time to explore the city and relax.

LaVar Ball, who has made a name for himself as a professional talker while attempting to build a brand around his three basketball playing sons, was in China during the week-long incident. "I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses". Sunday's tweet from the president of the United States calling out Lavar Ball by name somehow seemed like a foregone conclusion. The trio isn't allowed to suit up, be on the bench for home games or travel with the team.

"They will have to earn their way back", Alford said.

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