This morning, we saw Donald Trump Tweet an extremely honest, but crude remark after LaVar Ball (father of basketball player LiAngelo) said in an interview with ESPN that President Trump had zero involvement in freeing his son and two other teammates from jail.
LiAngelo, as well as his teammates, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were arrested on suspicion of shoplifting while in China on a team trip. Trump, who was in the middle of his Asian tour, brought the issue up with President Xi Jinping of China, and the three players were released and allowed back into the United States.
When they returned to L.A, the three freshmen from U.C.L.A. gave an obviously scripted press statement before being suspended from the team. Donald Trump, sure that the media was going to go after him yet again, Tweeted the following:
To everyone’s shock, they actually did.
“I’d also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided as well,” Ball said.
Riley said: “To President Trump and the United States government: Thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf. We really appreciate you helping us out.”
“Thank you to the United States government and President Trump for your efforts to bring us home,” Hill said.
But it couldn’t just end there. When asked about Trump’s involvement in freeing the young men, LaVar Ball responded by saying,”Who? What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”
Well LaVar, if that is your real name, these men would have been stuck in Chinese jail for ten years had it not been for our President. Trump made that very clear in this bold Tweet:
Eh, they’re just sunglasses right? Thou shalt not steal? That’s so yesterday!
Anyone who praises Trump for his daring remark are of course labeled as racists and white supremacists. The President of the United States literally freed a kid from jail in another country, this should be seen as a great example of forgiveness, not as something that “did not happen”. When LaVar played his black privilege card, it backfired on him.
Do you agree or disagree with the President’s remarks on the matter? Is LaVar right or wrong in denying Trump’s involvement? Let’s have a conversation.