LaVar Ball, LiAngelo Ball explain shoplifting arrest and decision to leave UCLA

Ball says he hasn't been thanked for the 'patriot' shoes he sent Trump

UCLA basketball player whose father wouldn't thank Trump had no idea what he did was “stupid”

It is fun when these characters are endowed athletes who do it through a brass showmanship, but recently, we get figureheads who aren't athletes or even parts of teams, but analysts or figureheads giving controversial hot takes during a delicate time when there is the protests and change in the National Football League and in other sports alike, and where players are given a social voice to speak through that is larger than ever. "He's out of there". LaVar then said LiAngelo would spend the next seven months preparing for the National Basketball Association draft.

Ball, the middle Ball brother, did not play a single game in college after being suspended from the team - along with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill. Don't tell me nothing. "He wasn't punished this bad in China".

UCLA coach Steve Alford issued a statement later Monday.

Earlier in the day Tuesday, LaVar Ball said in an interview on CNN that UCLA's coaches should shoulder some of the responsibility for the situation in China involving Ball and two other Bruins freshmen that blew up into an global incident.

"Why for? I didn't make that decision, so I'm here", Alford said when asked if he plans to reach out to the Balls.

Ball's sudden departure is just the latest in a string of early-season distractions for the Bruins.

"He's not transferring to another school". Fed up with the punishment, LaVar pulled his son out of school.

"I'm going to get Gelo in shape, I'm going to work him out, we're going to do some other things and he's going to be headed to the National Basketball Association, '" he told "Access Hollywood" in an interview aired yesterday on the Today show. "I'd rather be playing". "I'm not anxious about money".

The Ball family and UCLA weren't built for the long haul. And it's going to be messy.

LaVar Ball is taking his son's future into his own hands.

"It wasn't the White House, it wasn't the State Department, it wasn't father LaVar's so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME", Trump tweeted.

After LaVar appeared on CNN, the Ball family went on to the Today Show to share their story. They were told not to go individually, so they were going to be in a group, and they're adults.

As part of their indefinite suspensions, the players haven't been allowed to suit up, practice or travel with the Bruins. They have been barred from all team activities.

Three players who met with the media on Tuesday - Holiday, center Thomas Welsh and guard Prince Ali - said they had not heard from Ball. LaMelo committed to attend UCLA in two years. When asked about Trump's role in the situation, Ball said, "Who?"

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