I Should Have Left Them In Jail

LaVar Ball

Responding to a statement by LaVar Ball, father of one of the UCLA players accused of shoplifting in China, the President tweeted Sunday, “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!” The President followed up with,”Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!” The President was responding to a statement made by Mr Ball earlier this week in which he said, “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out. As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine,” LaVar Ball told ESPN. “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.” LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were arrested on suspicion of shoplifting while in China for a game with Georgia Tech in this year’s Pac-12 China game. John Kelley, the Presidents chief of staff told the story this way according to an interview with the New York Times, “Our president said to Xi, ‘Do you know anything about these knuckleheads that got caught allegedly stealing?’  Unaware of the episode, the Chinese president dispatched an aide to get more information. “The president was saying, ‘It’s not too serious. We’d love to see this taken care of in an expeditious way.”  At the U.C.L.A. news conference to discuss the incident,  all three players thanked the President.  The President responded by tweeting, “To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You’re welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE! Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!”

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