President Donald Trump and Lavar Ball seem to have a bit of beef.
According to CNN, the president shot back at the father of LiAngelo Ball, one of three UCLA basketball players arrested in China for shoplifting recently.
Apparently, Trump felt Ball belittled his role in their release from jail after reportedly stealing from a Louis Vuitton store in the country.
“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,” Trump tweeted. “I should have left them in jail!”
Trump was very vocal about his involvement in the athletes’ release, and days after his announcement of “assistance” Ball suggested he had little to do with the matter.
“Who?” Ball told ESPN
when asked about Trump’s role in the situation. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”
Dan Scavino, Trump’s social media director, fired back at Ball’s remarks on Twitter Saturday, saying without the president’s assistance, Ball’s son, LiAngelo, “would be in China for a long, long, long time.”
“Wannabe @Lakers coach BIG MOUTH @Lavarbigballer knows if it weren’t for President @realDonaldTrump, his son would be in China for a long, long, long time! #FACT,” Scavino wrote.
Ball, along with Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were detained by authorities last week on suspicion of stealing sunglasses from the high-end store. At the time, their team was visiting for a tournament in Hangzhou, China.
According to Trump, he personally requested that Chinese President Xi Jinping step in and intervene in the investigation.
Last Wednesday, Trump called out the players for not saying, “Thank you” for his efforts.
“Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!” he tweeted.
At a news conference later that day, the players apologized for their actions and did thank Trump.
“To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf. Thank you for helping us out,” the teammate’s said in a statement.