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LaVar Ball Pulls LiAngelo From UCLA Following Suspension Over China Incident

06 December, 2017, 00:53 | Author: John Swanson
  • LiAngelo Ball

LiAngelo, 19, never stepped on the court for the UCLA Bruins this season after he was arrested in China for shoplifting prior to their season opener against Georgia Tech.

LiAngelo and UCLA parted ways officially on Monday, which marked the start of his preparation for his professional basketball career.

According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Ball said he's pulling his son, LiAngelo, out of UCLA. "That's why I gave him the shoes". He'd be unable to enroll and play immediately for any NCAA Division I program, although there would have been at least the possibility he could catch on at a lower-level program, like an NAIA school.

"I'm going to get Gelo in shape, I'm going to work him out, we're going to do some other things and he's going to be headed to the National Basketball Association, '" he told "Access Hollywood" in an interview aired Tuesday on the "Today" show.

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Ball appeared on CNN's "New Day" to discuss his recent decision to pull his son LiAngelo Ball out of UCLA after the freshman basketball player was suspended indefinitely for his shoplifting arrest in China that drew worldwide attention.

LiAngelo Ball spoke to the media after returning to the United States.

As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine.

Ball minimized Trump's involvement in winning the players' release and Trump tweeted in response that he should have left the players in China in jail.

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It was the UCLA players' good fortune to be detained at the exact same time President Trump was making a visit to the region, and Trump helped engineer the players' release. After Trump requested a "thank you" from LaVar, the patriarch of the Ball family declined to do so - but did send the USA president three pairs of his Big Baller Brand shoes. "We want to play basketball".

The former UCLA freshman's first signature will add to BBB's growing lineup of sneakers that already includes Lonzo's ZO2 Prime, and 16-year old LaMelo's Melo Ball 1.

"We learned today of LiAngelo Ball's intention to withdraw from UCLA", UCLA Coach Steve Alford told ESPN's Arash Markazi. "Watch how I do this".

"I ain't got no fallback plan", LaVar said.

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"It wasn't the White House, it wasn't the State Department, it wasn't father LaVar's so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME", Trump tweeted on November 22.

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