Shoe entrepreneur LaVar Ball appears to want to bury the hatchet with President Donald Trump. Maybe.
The Ball family patriarch, whose sons play basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers and UCLA, told TMZ Sports that he sent a pair of Big Baller Brand basketball shoes to the president.
Ball said he sent Trump a pair of Big Baller Brand ZO2s, named for his son, Lonzo Ball, a rookie point guard for the Lakers:
I sent Trump his shoes. He should have them — unless they took 'em!
It’s unclear if the president has received the shoes or if security will let him have them, but they’re pretty hot:
The apparent peace offering comes after Ball was involved in a public spat with the president over his refusal to thank him for keeping his son LiAngelo Ball, who plays for UCLA, out of a Chinese prison.
LiAngelo Ball was put under house arrest in China after he was arrested for shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store while during a trip to China. His teammates, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were also detained by Chinese authorities.
President Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and secured their release. However, LaVar Ball downplayed Trump's involvement in the players' release.
An unseemly Twitter spat erupted, as Trump declared it was his office that got the UCLA players out of legal trouble, noting they could have spent years in jail.
There’s also one problem with Ball's gesture. The shoes fetch $495. It’s a princely sum in anybody’s world, but presidents may not keep gifts that are valued at more than $375. So even if Trump wanted them, he couldn’t keep them for himself.