LaVar Ball Questions Donald Trump's Role in UCLA Players Release

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UCLA players apologize for shoplifting in China, thank Trump

Trump, you may recall, tweeted after returning from Asia that the three UCLA basketball players who got in trouble for shoplifting in China, one of whom being lightning rod LaVar Ball's son LiAngelo, should thank him for saving them from a decade in prison.

President Trump initially took credit for the release of three UCLA students - LiAngelo Ball, Jaden Hill and Cody Riley - who were caught shoplifting in Hangzhou, China.

While Trump questioned whether or not the players would thank him, which they did during a press conference, LaVar Ball decided that Trump wasn't really all that instrumental.

On Tuesday, Trump reached out to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the shoplifting incident, and later that night, the players returned to the United States. Ball wondered. "Don't tell me nothing".

Trump said in his tweet that the players were facing up to 10 years in jail.

The UCLA team had been in China for a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, which UCLA won 63-60. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", Ball said, according to ESPN.

They were released on bail early November 8 and had been staying at a lakeside hotel in Hangzhou prior to flying home.

In the wake of the expeditious treatment, President Trump sought - and later received - public gratitude from the three players. Surveillance footage showed the freshmen swiping designer sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store as well as two others in the shopping mall near the team's hotel.

"As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine. We'll be good", Ball said of Trump on Wednesday upon landing in Los Angeles.

"A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there", he added. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn't define him. "I'm happy with how things were handled".

"I handle what's going on and then we go from there".

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