Donald Trump Says He Should Have Left UCLA Players Jailed In China

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

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. After Trump brought up the players' arrests, Xi said he would look into the case, and ensured that the three would be treated fairly.

He later wrote: "Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar".

"Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump?".

When ESPN asked LaVar Ball on Friday about Trump's help with his son's detention in China, the father replied, "Who?"

"What was he over there for?" Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I'm from L.A. Before they thanked Trump on Wednesday for intervening with Xi, Trump had wondered whether they would express gratitude to him. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out". They went to jail, but were released on bail, which is something that apparently indicated the Chinese authorities were taking a rather chill approach to all of this to begin with. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!" he wrote on Twitter.




Ball's son LiAngelo and two of his teammates, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, were arrested November 8 after stealing designer sunglasses in Shanghai, according to the New York Times.

"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".

The war of words continued Saturday following Ball's statement to ESPN when Trump's social media director, Dan Scavino, fired back at Ball on his personal Twitter account, saying Ball's son would be in China without the President's assistance.

All three players have been suspended from the UCLA basketball team indefinitely.

The president did not end up getting that thank you from LaVar Ball.

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