The three UCLA basketball players who were arrested in China and charged with shoplifting returned stateside after President Trump met with Xi Jingping to ask for help in the case. Trump said in a tweet. "Also, the US President should never wish for Americans to be locked up in a foreign jail", Lieu tweeted.
Ball's son, LiAngelo, along with two other members of the UCLA basketball team, were arrested on November 7 for allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store, and detained in China for questioning.
"What was he over there for?"
LaVar Ball had seemingly diminished Trump's role in getting the three players back home when he spoke on the sports network.
"I'd also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided as well", LiAngelo Ball had said.
The president tweeted that Ball is "unaccepting" of what he did for his son, LiAngelo Ball, adding that because of that he should have left the college students in Chinese jail.
LiAngelo Ball was arrested in China and charged with shoplifting along with two of his UCLA teammates just days before the Bruins were scheduled to play Georgia Tech.
At a press conference after their return, all three players had individually thanked Trump, and initially, Trump seemed to acknowledge the players' gratitude. In response, Trump slammed Ball for being ungrateful and actually said, "I should have left them in jail". "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!"
The president did not take kindly to LaVar Ball's dismissal. I'm from L.A. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses.
All three UCLA players have been indefinitely suspended from the team, coach Steve Alford said. For better or worse, it's extremely clear that the president loves to watch cable nearly as much as he loves Twitter so he'll no doubt pick up LaVar's response.