LaVar Ball won't thank Donald Trump after UCLA shoplifting scandal in China

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UCLA had traveled to China to play their season opener against Georgia Tech in a game organized by Alibaba, a Chinese web company that had recently purchased the rights to air Pac-12 basketball it China ("LiAngelo Ball, two other UCLA players released on bail after shoplifting arrest in China", Washington Post, 11.07.2017).

LaVar Ball downplayed President Donald Trump's role in getting three UCLA basketball players home after they were arrested on charges of shoplifting in China.

Trump interceded on their behalf when he met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing this week.

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The three players - LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill - remain suspended from the University of California, Los Angeles, basketball team indefinitely, coach Steve Alford told a news conference. Don't tell me nothing.

"Who?" Ball told ESPN when asked about Trump's involvement in the matter. The outlook worsened, too, when Chinese authorities said they had store surveillance of the three players stealing from several stores, not just the one Louis Vuitton store.

On Friday, Ball continued his dismissive nature, implying that President Donald Trump had little to do with the three returning home to the United States after their charges were ultimately dropped.

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"What they did was unfortunate", said President Trump. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", Ball said, according to ESPN.

Trump boasted via Twitter that the players were facing 10 years in prison before he spoke with Xi Jinping.

"As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine".

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"I can't wait to see President Trump walking around the Oval Office in a Trump branded suit and the Big Baller Brand sneakers I'm sure LaVar will send him for Christmas!" "I'm happy with how things were handled". My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn't define him.

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