You can call LaVar Ball many things, and some of the them will be right. But what you can’t say is that he backs down or bites his tongue for anyone, and that includes Trump.
A week after his son, LiAngelo, and two other UCLA freshmen were arrested in China for shoplifting, LaVar was back in the media spotlight. After Trump used his power to help get the trio home, an act which they thanked him for, LaVar sat down with ESPN to discuss the incident and ended up shading the president with three letters.
That was his response when asked about Trump’s aid in getting the boys home.
“Who?” Ball said to ESPN in regards to Trump. “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,” Ball continued in the interview. “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.”
LaVar Ball ladies and gentlemen. Proving once again that he’s the HNIC when it comes to Ball family business and handling the media.