While President Donald Trump was on his Asia trip, he talked with Chinese President Xi Jinping and convinced him to release three UCLA basketball players who were in custody after being accused of shoplifting.
However, a feud began after one of their fathers, who was already a celebrity, was interviewed by ESPN. LaVar Ball was asked about Trump's role in the release of the players and he responded, “Who?” He went on:
"What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out. ...
As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine. I'm happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I'm from L.A. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses."
Trump then fired back on Twitter saying that Ball was “unaccepting” of what he had done for his son and that he “should have left them in jail.”
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. I should have left them in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
It quickly became one of the hottest topics on the internet. Ball was interviewed by CNN and said, “I don't have to go around saying thank you to everybody.” Others have weighed in, and even Whoopi Goldberg has criticized Ball.
“I'm not a big fan of the president, but the fact that he had to call and get your asses out of there is not anything to be proud of or think is cool,” Goldberg said.
On Saturday, Ball continued engaging the drama, which is not surprising, considering it has earned him an estimated $13 million in free advertisements.
In a video posted by TMZ Sports, Ball said that he was going to send Trump a pair of his son's signature basketball shoes made by his own company, Big Baller Brand.
“Check this out, man. I’m going to send Trump some ZO2s. We just got them out, man. We putting them on flight today. Today is the 24th, and I said we’re shipping out ZO2s. You know what, I got to ship some to Trump so he can calm down a little bit. ...
You put them on, you’re going to ease up a little bit.”
I don't think Trump will be taking him up on that offer.