Donald Trump Responds to LaVar Ball's Comments

Kristopher Nichols
November 20, 2017

"Who?" Ball said when Markazi raised the topic.

It was too cold to play golf on Sunday so Donald Trump spent the day ranting about how he should have let three UCLA basketball players stay in jail in China because they will not suck up to him.

"Who? What was he over there for?" Don't tell me nothing. That's gonna be debated, that's gonna be argued about, but I want to put that on the table: "it sure looks like race-baiting to a lot of people".

LiAngelo Ball and fellow UCLA freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were detained eight days in China after police arrested them for shoplifting at three high-end stores in Hangzhou on November 7. Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly told the Times the president was instrumental in their release, bringing it up with China's Xi Jinping.

"I should have left them in jail", Trump tweeted Sunday. "They were headed for 10 years in jail!", Trump tweeted on Wednesday.

But, Lavar Ball later suggested in an ESPN interview that Trump had little to do with the matter.

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Appearing on MSNBC, a Los Angeles Times writer said he was not surprised that President Donald Trump attacked the father of a UCLA basketball player because the dad is black and Trump likely considers him "uppity".

"This is stuff you hear from third world dictators and not from presidents of the United States", he continued.

All three players have been suspended from the UCLA basketball team indefinitely. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!" he wrote on Twitter.

As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine. "I'm happy with how things were handled".

"I think what you see here another example of Donald Trump trying to pick a fight with a prominent black person who he considers uppity", Smith explained.

After the players returned, Trump wondered on Twitter whether they would thank him for his intervention on their behalf.

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