LaVar, LiAngelo Ball Discuss Shoplifting Incident, Decision to Leave UCLA

Posted December 06, 2017

He's been pulled from the school apparently at the behest of father LaVar Ball, who's unhappy that his middle son was suspended by the school following his house arrest for shoplifting in China.

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, the younger brothers of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, have explored the possibility of signing with worldwide teams, Yahoo Sports reported late Monday.

LaVar Ball, LiAngelo's father, told ESPN that it was his decision to pull his son out of UCLA. And we gotta serve some more punishment? "But that's the punishment they gave".

While Ball made it clear in his public remarks following his return to the United States that he was grateful for the president's assistance, the situation escalated when LaVar Ball publicly questioned how much help the president had actually delivered.

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Trump on November 15 asked on Twitter for the players' gratitude, which came in a news conference later that day when they also admitted to the shoplifting and apologized. "We only went to UCLA - one and done - to play basketball".

LiAngelo Ball's UCLA basketball career is over in apparent protest of double jeopardy.

"China already said, 'OK, he made a bad mistake, we're gonna drop the charges", LaVar said. "I didn't realize till I got back to the hotel-'that was stupid'".

UCLA said in a statement on Monday afternoon: "We learned today of LiAngelo Ball's intention to withdraw from UCLA".

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The slight prompted at least seven tweets from Trump over eight days in which he called the elder Ball an "ungrateful fool" and bragged that "IT WAS ME" who got the players released, sparing them from potentially up to 10 years in a Chinese prison.

"We all went out one night, went through the malls, went to the Louis Vuitton store, and people started taking stuff and me just not thinking and being with them, I took something, too", LiAngelo Ball said. Trump and LaVar Ball publicly feuded after the latter said the president did not deserve credit for intervening to get his son released.

"It was terrible", LiAngelo said.

"You just sit in a cement cell for however long", he said. "I rather be playing".

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LaMelo and LiAngelo - as well as their older brother Lakers star guard Lonzo - have quickly developed name recognition thanks both to their play on the court and their large social media presence off of it. "I ain't got no fallback plan", he said. "I'm a hundred in, so I never get stopped".