Trump Blasts LaVar Ball For Not Thanking Him

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President Donald Trump took to Twitter to blast businessman LaVar Ball, calling him "very ungrateful" for Trump's role in getting his son out of jail in China.

LaVar's son, LiAngelo Ball, who plays basketball for UCLA, returned to the U.S. after he was detained in China on charges of shoplifting, the Daily Mail reported.

While speaking with ESPN on Nov. 17, Lavar was asked about Trump's involvement in his son's release from jail.

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

LaVar's son was accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near the hotel the UCLA men's basketball team was staying in. LaVar said the alleged crime was "not a big deal."

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"As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine," LaVar said. "I'm happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.'"

LaVar added: "I'm from L.A. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn't define him. 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."

LaVar felt people were focusing on the wrong things.

"Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things and they get stuck on them too long," LaVar added. "That's not me. I handle what's going on and then we go from there."

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Trump took to Twitter to respond to LaVar's comments.

"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!" the president tweeted. "Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!"

Trump previously took to Twitter to question whether the basketball players themselves would thank him for his role in bringing them back home.

"Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump?" Trump tweeted. "They were headed for 10 years in jail!"

All three UCLA basketball players thanked Trump during a press conference on Nov. 15.

All three have been indefinitely suspended from the team.

Sources: ESPN, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2, 3) / Featured Image: The White House/Flickr / Embedded Images: AP via Footwear News, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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