President Donald Trump responded on Sunday to LaVar Ball, the father of one of the UCLA basketball players released from China after being accused of shoplifting, who recently questioned the president's role in securing the player's safe return to the U.S. "I'd also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided as well", LiAngelo Ball said.
Trump took credit for the release saying he had discussed the basketball players' fate during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping before tweeting a message to the young men on Thursday.
Of all the things LaVar Ball could have said about President Trump, "Who?" was probably the worst.
"Everybody wants to make it seem like [Trump] helped me out", the elder Ball told ESPN on Friday.
The players apologized and thanked the president for his involvement during a press conference last week. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!" he wrote on Twitter.
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LaVar Ball, father of LiAngelo Ball and the owner of the Big Baller brand, attends a promotional event in Shanghai on November 10, 2017. They will not travel with the team or suit up for home games.
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Those comments apparently prompted Trump's tweet on Sunday. "I've learned my lesson from this big mistake, and I'm a hundred percent sure I'll never make a mistake like this again".
LaVar Ball, who has made a name for himself as a professional talker while attempting to build a brand around his three basketball playing sons, was in China during the week-long incident. 'I'm happy with how things were handled.
"They will have to earn their way back", Alford said.