President Trump, “I Should Have Left UCLA Players in Chinese Jail”
President Donald Trump says he should have left the 3 Black UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail.
President Trump’s Tweet Sunday comes after the father of player LiAngelo Ball aka Big Baller, minimized President Trump’s involvement in winning the players’ release in comments to ESPN.
“Who?” LaVar Ball told ESPN Friday, when asked about President Trump’s involvement in the matter. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”
President Trump has said he raised the players’ detention with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the leaders’ recent meeting in Beijing.
The players returned to the US last week.
They have been indefinitely suspended from the team.
President Trump said, “Now that the 3 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 younger Ball aka Little Baller, along with fellow freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, are not with the rest of the 23 Bruins, who are in Kansas City to play in the Hall of Fame Classic Monday and Tuesday. The trio is not allowed to suit up, be on the bench for home games or travel with the team.
The players were arrested and questioned about stealing from high-end stores including Luis Vuitton next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins stayed before leaving for Shanghai to play Georgia Tech.
UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said last week that the players stole from 3 stores.
“As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine,” LaVar Ball 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.’
“I’m from LA. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that 1 bad decision does not 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,” he said.
“Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things and they get stuck on them too long. That’s not me. I handle what’s going on and then we go from there.”
There is a growing consensus among my readers that these 3 college athletes should be banned from college and professional atheltics for life and the father, LaVar Ball should be sanctioned in some serious way by UCLA and now.
Have a terrific weekend.
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