LiAngelo Ball Removed From UCLA After China Incident: Report

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
December 4, 2017News
LiAngelo Ball Removed From UCLA After China Incident: Report
UCLA basketball players Cody Riley, LiAngelo Ball and Jalen Hill speak at a press conference at UCLA after flying back from China, where they were detained on suspicion of shoplifting, in Los Angeles, California U.S. Nov. 15, 2017. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Outspoken NBA father LaVar Ball has reportedly removed his son, LiAngelo, from UCLA, according to reports.

The news was first broken by TMZ on Monday. LaVar later confirmed the news to ESPN.

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Lavar Ball and LaMelo Ball during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Sept. 17, 2017. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

LiAngelo Ball is one of three UCLA basketball players that were detained in China over alleged shoplifting. UCLA indefinitely suspended the three.

In China, LiAngelo was placed under house arrest, but after President Donald Trump spoke up for him during his visit to China, he was released along with two of his teammates. The charges were eventually dropped.

TMZ reported that the freshman, who hadn’t played a single game yet for UCLA, hasn’t been officially withdrawn from the school but he’s at home and won’t return.

LiAngelo along with Jalen Hill and Cody Riley thanked President Trump last month at a press conference after a little prompting from the president.

“To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf,” freshman Riley said, reported USA Today. “We really appreciate you helping us out.”

“I would like to thank everyone involved in this whole ordeal,” Hill noted. “Thank you to the police department, which treated us very well. Thank you to the Pac-12 and the whole UCLA community that helped us the whole way. And thank you to the United States government and President Trump for your efforts to bring us home.”

“I would also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help they provided, as well,” LiAngelo Ball said.

Last month, LaVar Ball downplayed Trump’s role in his son’s release. Trump responded saying that maybe he “should have left them in jail.”

Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, tweeted that LiAngelo “would be in China for a long, long, long time” without Trump’s help.


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