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Trump calls father of freed UCLA player an 'ungrateful fool'

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 22, 2017 at 9:13 a.m.

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LaVar Ball and President Donald Trump are shown in these Associated Press photos.

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump started off his first day of Thanksgiving vacation Wednesday by resuming his taunts of the father of a UCLA basketball player detained for shoplifting in China, calling him an "ungrateful fool."

In a series of tweets fired off before dawn, the president complained yet again that LaVar Ball, father of LiAngelo Ball, hasn't given him credit for the release of his son and two other UCLA basketball players after they were accused of shoplifting while in China for a basketball game.

Tweeting from his Florida vacation home, Trump said: "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."

"Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man's version of Don King, but without the hair," he said, referencing the flamboyant boxing promoter whom Trump once saluted as "a phenomenal person" despite a conviction for manslaughter.

Trump also warned that Ball "could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you" had it not been for his intervention.

"But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It's a really big deal, especially in China," he wrote.

The president also retweeted a post from Joey Mannarino, a U.S.-born radio host living in London, who echoed the statement: "The ungratefulness is something I've never seen before. If you get someone's son out of prison, he should be grateful to you. Period. I don't care. If Hillary got my kid out of prison, as much as I hate the woman, I'd thank her corrupt ass."

LiAngelo Ball and two UCLA teammates were released after a brief detention in China while Trump was visiting the country. Trump has taken credit for the release, saying he discussed the situation with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Trump had previously said he should have left all three players in jail because LaVar Ball hadn't thanked him publicly for his intervention.

LaVar Ball, whose eldest son, Lonzo, plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, has repeatedly minimized Trump's involvement in winning the players' release, telling CNN earlier this week: "If I feel nobody did anything, I don't have to go around saying thank you to everybody." All three players have been suspended from the team.

Trump is spending the holiday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he stressed he'll be "having meetings and working the phones" and not just vacationing.

Trump also spoke out against the idea of keeping NFL players in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem as a response to some players refusing to stand to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

"That's almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart?" Trump wrote. "This issue is killing your league!"

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ARMNAR says... November 22, 2017 at 9:18 a.m.

Trump lowers the bar on a daily basis.

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glh05230944 says... November 22, 2017 at 12:45 p.m.

Trump is a well-known liar. No one has confirmed that he had anything to do with the release of the players. Trump is also a well-known racist. The man Trump called "an ungrateful fool" is the second black person that the racist has publicly belittled in recent weeks. It's time to take the racist pedophile supporter and pervert out of office.

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NoUserName says... November 22, 2017 at 1:37 p.m.

Do you guys know ANYTHING about Lavar Ball? You know, the guy who blamed UCLA's loss last year on Lonzo's slow white teammates. Who just called out Lonzo's LAL coach for being soft. Lavar is a racist POS. Ungrateful fool sounds about right.

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minjabidness says... November 22, 2017 at 1:56 p.m.

drumpf is the only ungrateful fool between the two and pervert to boot!

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DoubleBlind says... November 22, 2017 at 2:06 p.m.

Ball is a bona fide jackass and just as much a racist as is Trump. No one should be surprised he flipped Trump the bird. Trump had just returned from China and had taken it up the rump from Xi, however. He clearly influenced the fact that Xi released the 3 nincompoops. I blame Trump, however, for the escalation. He’s the POTUS for crying out loud. It’s incumbent on him to take the high road regardless of how hard he has to swallow before doing so. He should have tweeted, “Just happy the families are able to spend the holidays together.” The younger Ball will no doubt end up in prison somewhere given he has a d-bag for a dad.

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TimberTopper says... November 22, 2017 at 2:08 p.m.

The Godfather syndrome. He is owed for life.

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PopulistMom says... November 22, 2017 at 2:22 p.m.

Of course, Doubleblind is correct. Trump has no class.

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drs01 says... November 22, 2017 at 2:57 p.m.

Ball is a damn fool, racist. He appeared on CNN to dis the president. That ought to tell you about him. If Steve Alford had any balls these three would sit out the entire year. Then watch Ball have a stroke.
Of course, Trump and his administration could have played the Obama game and commissioned Dennis Rodman to help thus insuring near-death Americans coming home to spend their last few days in ICU.

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MsLed says... November 22, 2017 at 3:02 p.m.

Let's all look back at the former presidents, both Democrat and Republican, to see if any have displayed such contempt, verbal abuse and berating of a US citizen on a public forum, on virtually every day of the week. Are you thinking? I'll wait.
This isn't about Lavar Bell, this is about a sitting president behaving in such a juvenile manner on an international stage. His name calling of any and everyone who doesn't agree/worship his very presence is becoming legendary, and not in a good way.

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gohogs17 says... November 22, 2017 at 3:06 p.m.

LaVAr Ball is a jerk! He wants to run everything, including the NBA.

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