LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley all expressed remorse for their actions and also thanked President Trump for helping them get out of a legal jam that caused a significant worldwide embarrassment for UCLA and the nation.
However, it was an unlikely supporter that has allowed the UCLA freshmen to avoid their charges and finally return to the United States on Tuesday. Local authorities detained the players in China for weeks after they were caught allegedly stealing designer sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton outlet.
Trump directed a tweet to the UCLA students telling them to "Go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible." .
The senior Ball spoke to ESPN's Arash Markazi on Trump's intercession, and instead of thanking the president, Ball attacked him. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", he added.
The president did not end up getting that thank you from LaVar Ball.
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Ball, Riley and Hill were in China with the rest of the UCLA basketball team for a game against Georgia Tech, which the Bruins won, 63-60.
Trump said in his tweet that the players were facing up to 10 years in jail. Maybe the President got involved; maybe his involvement helped expedite the return of the dipshits to their home country.
"As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine". A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. "I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses".
Ball in EPSN's report on Saturday also downplayed his son's theft, arguing that "one bad decision doesn't define him".
We can be sure of this much: because our President is a grandstanding shithead, he was always always always going to take credit for a positive outcome. Days later, the players were freed.