Trump Can’t Take It Anymore, Reminds ‘Ungrateful Fool’ LaVar Ball Who’s Boss

LiAngelo Ball is a freshman basketball player at UCLA.

He is the brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball and the son of outspoken father Lavar Ball.

LiAngelo is not expected to be the same type of talent as Lonzo (or younger brother LaMelo, for that matter), but right now he is the talk of the town.


“Gelo,” along with high-profile fellow freshman Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, were arrested for shoplifting in China while overseas with their new team.

They could have remained in the country for over one month on house arrest, missing the start of the season. Eventually, they could’ve received five to ten years in prison.

President Trump intervened.

From CBS Los Angeles:

Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China may be on their way back to Los Angeles.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were seen checking into a Delta flight bound for Los Angeles at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The development comes just hours after President Donald Trump told reporters he had a long conversation on the matter with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Then, Lavar refused to thank Trump.

From Biz Pac Review:

The basket-brawl between LaVar Ball and President Trump has escalated once again.

“Did he go visit them in jail?” Ball asked ABC News producer Michael Del Moro. “If you went to visit them in jail then I would say, ‘thank you.’”

Ball refuses to give President Trump any credit for securing the release of his son LiAngelo Ball, who was arrested in China for shoplifting with his two UCLA basketball teammates, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill.

Trump — who was on a five-nation Asia tour at the time — personally intervened on behalf of the UCLA shoplifters by making a special request to Chinese President Xi Jinping to let them go.

Hard to be more ungrateful than that.

All the players seemed to understand the gravity of what they had done and offered their thanks to Trump for interceding.

Lavar then mocked the President, saying he wasn’t owed any thanks and it was a minor thing.

Trump got annoyed by the trash-talking and said he should have left Ball’s son in jail.

Now, Trump has fired back again.

From Daily Caller:

President Donald Trump Wednesday continued to wage war against LaVar Ball, who has downplayed the president’s role in freeing his son after he was detained in China for shoplifting.

“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. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!”

Trump didn’t hold back for even a second.

He went full blown Trump on Lavar for being disrespectful.

CNN has some thoughts:

Even for Trump, who has defined the idea of the presidency downward, these tweets are shocking. So shocking in fact that I had to check multiple times that they were actually from Trump’s verified Twitter account rather than some satirical one. But, they are very real — and telling.

At the root of Trump’s personality is grievance and a sense of victimhood. He has spent his whole life — in his own mind — on the outside looking in. His father was a successful developer, but not in Manhattan. When Trump became a player in Manhattan real estate, the old money in the city wouldn’t accept him as one of their own. When he went to Washington in 2011 amid public speculation of a potential presidential bid, President Obama and the rest of the so-called media elites laughed at him.

[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]