U.S. President Donald Trump has again lashed out at LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball who was detained in China for shoplifting, in a series of Wednesday morning tweets.
“It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME,” the president of the United States tweeted. “Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.”
LiAngelo – and his fellow UCLA freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley – were detained in Hangzhou on Nov. 7 for questioning over allegations of shoplifting. The players were accused of lifting merchandise from at least three stores, a day before the president was scheduled to visit the country. The men were detained only for a brief period and Trump took credit for their release, saying he had discussed the situation with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a bilateral meeting.
Ball had questioned Trump’s role in the release of his son, speculating the president had little to do with it.
“What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out,” Ball told ESPN.
The players returned to the U.S. on Nov 15, the same day Trump questioned whether the men would thank him.