President Trump took to Twitter on Sunday, slamming LaVar Ball, the father of one of the UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, after he questioned the commander-in-chief's role in returning the athletes home.
Under Chinese law, the three players were facing years in prison for stealing sunglasses from a Versace store near the team's hotel prior to their regular season opener against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.
"Who?" Ball told ESPN when asked about Trump's role in the trio's release. Trump tweeted: "Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", Ball told ESPN. The players were released, and returned the United States last week. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!" he wrote on Twitter. LaVar's words clearly affected Trump's ears, who felt insulted that he was not given the proper credit for dealing with the worldwide incident.
Ball's comments, while not particularly gracious given the circumstances, once again proved no slight is too small to pierce the president's thin candy shell.More news: Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action
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The players were arrested and questioned on November 7 about stealing from high-end stores, including sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins had been staying before leaving for Shanghai to face Georgia Tech. "I'm happy with how things were handled".
UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said the players had stolen items from three stores when students were given 90 minutes of free time to explore the city and relax.
Really? You are that vain and shallow that you would say such a thing. Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes'.
"They will have to earn their way back", Alford said.