LiAngelo Ball and his father LaVar appeared on “The Breakfast Club” Wednesday morning and the former UCLA player said the university forced him to thank Trump for his release from China.
LiAngelo was arrested along with two other UCLA teammates for shoplifting while overseas.
LiAngelo returned home with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill in November after being briefly detained in China for shoplifting.
Trump stated that he asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to let the boys go and tweeted questioning the boys gratitude.
Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2017
During a press conference held for the three players once they returned home Ball thanked President Trump:
“I’d also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided as well.”
During recent interviews Ball says UCLA made him thank the President:
“If they didn’t tell me to do it, it wouldn’t have been in there,” LiAngelo Ball said.
UCLA suspended LiAngelo and the other players involved indefinitely following the incident, but LaVar ended up pulling his son out of the school.
Liangelo along with his younger brother both signed one-year deals playing overseas with Prienu Vytautas.
The two boys are also the brothers of famous Lakers basketball player Lonzo Ball.