LaVar pulls LiAngelo from UCLA

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"He's out of there".

Share this article: LiAngelo Ball was one of three UCLA basketball team players held in a suspected shoplifting investigation in China. Following their return, the Bruins basketball program suspended Ball and teammates Jalen Hill and Cody Riley indefinitely due to the incident. That sparked a very public back-and-forth exchange between the celebrity-in-chief and LaVar, with Trump tweeting, "I should have left them in jail" and calling the outspoken hoops dad an "ungrateful fool" for not thanking him. "He wasn't punished this bad in China".

"We get back over here and the consequences were even stiffer than China".

Ball told ESPN he hasn't decided where LiAngelo will play this season.

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"He's not transferring to another school", he told ESPN. LiAngelo is eligible to enter the NBA Draft in 2018.

According to the Los Angeles Times' Eric Sondheimer, LaVar Ball feels LiAngelo should have been cleared already and wasn't willing to wait any longer for UCLA to make a decision. The Post's Tim Bontemps reported last month that, unlike his brother, Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, LiAngelo isn't viewed by scouts as a legitimate National Basketball Association prospect.

"It's not a new policy, it's an existing policy", a Lakers spokesperson told ESPN. All three players were apologetic for their actions. As part of their indefinite suspensions, the players haven't been allowed to suit up, practice or travel with the Bruins. "If I was going to thank somebody I'd probably thank President Xi (Jinping)", LaVar Ball said to CNN's Chris Cuomo. ESPN shortly thereafter confirmed the story by talking with LaVar. LaMelo verbally committed to attend UCLA in two years.