I 'Should Have Left' UCLA Players In Jail Over Father's Comments

I 'Should Have Left' UCLA Players In Jail Over Father's Comments

President Donald Trump's caudillo-like insistence on injecting himself into all aspects of American life continued on Sunday morning, when the president of the United States made another gallingly unnecessary tweet, this time about the legal case of three UCLA basketball players who had been briefly held in China on the suspicion of shoplifting. They went to jail, but were released on bail, which is something that apparently indicated the Chinese authorities were taking a rather chill approach to all of this to begin with.

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. 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.

Ball on Friday seemed to largely disregard Trump's role in his son's release in an interview with ESPN. All three players, and UCLA coach Steve Alford, thanked him by name in the Wednesday press conference. 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".

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The players returned to the U.S. last week. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!"

LaVar Ball attends week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Ball's comments, while not particularly gracious given the circumstances, once again proved no slight is too small to pierce the president's thin candy shell. UCLA has suspended them from the team indefinitely. Trump said in a tweet. 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.

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