I 'Should Have Left' UCLA Players In Jail Over Father's Comments

A day after the father of one of the UCLA basketball players who were detained in China belittled President Donald Trump's role in their release, Trump responded that he "should have left them in jail". Like I told him, "They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes".

Ball's son, LiAngelo, along with two other members of the UCLA basketball team, were arrested on November 7 for allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store, and detained in China for questioning.

Trump, who returned late Tuesday from a trip through Asia, raised the players' case with President Xi Jinping of China during a visit to Beijing last week.

Freshman LiAngelo Ball was detained along with Jalen Hill and Cody Riley almost two weeks ago and returned last week after Trump said he had a long conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the incident.

"Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out".

The trio isn't allowed to suit up, be on the bench for home games or travel with the team. "Don't tell me nothing", Ball told ESPN on Friday. "They were headed for 10 years in jail!", Trump tweeted on Wednesday. POTUS demanded praise immediately, and wondered on Twitter if the three players would bother thanking him.

Trump, who is the president of the United States, became involved, as leaders of countries often do when their citizens are involved in crimes in other countries.

LiAngelo Ball, Hill and Riley have been indefinitely suspended from the team.

Asked by host Richard Lieu about Trump's tweet - after avoiding tweeting about embattled Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore - the LA Times correspondent Jamil Smith laughed and said it was par for the course for Trump.

Really? You are that vain and shallow that you would say such a thing. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses.

  • Stacy Allen