In a new interview with “Today,” LaVar Ball and his son opened up about the scandal surrounding LiAngelo’s arrest for shoplifting in China with his teammates.
Ball and President Trump found themselves in a feud after the president helped get his son and his UCLA teammates out of jail — but Ball refused to say “thank you” to the president.
And now, the boisterous dad is announcing what’s next for his son, saying that he’s pulling him out of UCLA.
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“He might as well be in jail,” LaVar Ball, LiAngelo’s father, told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m not going to let UCLA take the fire out of my boy by not letting him play for two months.
“We’re going to do some other options. I’m not going to let him sit back and not practice.”
Ball was indefinitely suspended from the team, along with and fellow Bruins freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill.
In the interview, the son appeared to blame his teammates: “We all went out one night, went to the malls, went to the Louis Vuitton store and, uh, people started taking stuff, and then, you know, me just not thinking and being with them, I took something too.”
Ball said he and his teammates then left, thinking they’d “just get away” without any consequence.
“And we left thinking we’ll just get away — you know how kids think,” Ball added. “I didn’t realize ‘til I got back to my hotel, I’m like, ‘That was stupid.’ But by then it was too late. And then sure enough, the next morning, the police came and got us.”
Ball spent the next day-and-a-half in jail.
“Oh, it was horrible,” he said of being in jail. “They take your clothes, you wear, like, whatever they have for you, a little jumpsuit or whatever, take your shoestrings and you just sit in a cement cell for however long. It’s just you and all the officers — and they don’t speak English.”
- Report from NY Post
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