President Trump may have a worthy opponent in the dissing game in LaVar Ball, father of freed-from-China UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball. Also a reality TV rival.
After father Ball told ESPN that he doubted Trump “helped me out,” the president tweeted: “I should have left them in jail!”
Now LaVar is set to appear on CNN at 7 p.m. Pacific time, where more fireworks are expected.
In July, Deadline.com reported that Facebook was looking to launch a reality series — a “yet-to-be-titled docuseries about the Ball family, whose sons Lonzo, Liangelo and LaMelo have taken the basketball world by storm. Freshman UCLA star Lonzo Ball was chosen by the Los Angeles Lakers as their No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft last month. Liangelo and LaMelo are stand-outs at Chino Hills High School.”
Now that the three 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
But here’s how ESPN quoted the brand-promoting dad, sparking the Trump reaction:
“As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine. 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 L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t 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.
“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.”