In early November, three college basketball players from UCLA were detained in China after being accused of shoplifting. Freshman players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill stole from a Louis Vuitton store and were forced to be held in the country.
However, after President Donald Trump’s intervention, the three men were returned home to be with friends and family on November 14th. Once they were home safely, Ball, Riley and Hill publicly admitted to their actions, apologized, and thanked Trump for his involvement in their return.
As a result, the UCLA basketball coach announced all three players’ indefinite suspension, but ensured they would have the opportunity to work their way to being back on the team over time.
Ball’s father LaVar Ball, a well-known media personality and also father to Lonzo Ball from the Los Angeles Lakers, has been a centerpiece of the media regarding this incident. Previously, LaVar refused to thank President Trump for his role in bringing his son back to the United States.
On Monday, LaVar made headlines again after he made a surprising announcement about his son’s college education and potential sports career.
According to TMZ, LaVar removed his son LiAngelo from UCLA. He reportedly felt that his son’s suspension was “unfair” and is pursuing other options for LiAngelo’s college sports career, reported ESPN. It is unclear which universities the Balls are looking at.
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