LaVar Ball has finally responded after President Donald Trump took credit Wednesday for orchestrating the release of Ball’s son, UCLA freshman LiAngelo Ball, and two teammates from China.
“Who?” the patriarch of the Ball family responded when ESPN asked him about Trump.
“What, was he over there for?” Ball said. “Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”
The “UCLA Three” had been detained in China since they were arrested Nov. 7 for shoplifting from three different high-end stores, including sunglasses from Louis Vuitton.
Trump, who happened to be on a tour of Asia when the incident occurred, talked to Chinese President Xi Jinping specifically about the matter.
“President Xi has been terrific on the subject,” Trump said Tuesday. “What they did was unfortunate. You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences. They do not play games.”
On Wednesday, after the trio had been released, Trump tweeted about just how serious the situation had been.