The Trump vs LaVar saga continues.
The back-and-forth between Donald Trump and LaVar Ball isn't going to end anytime soon, especially if the President continues to fire off tweets directed at the Big Baller.
The two have been trading verbal jabs since the weekend, and LaVar Ball's recent appearance on CNN seems to have added more fuel to the fir. Today, Trump tweeted that LaVar is "just a poor man's version of Don King, but without the hair." He also added that LaVar is an "ungrateful fool."
"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. Just think.."
"...LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!"
Just days after Trump took some credit for the UCLA basketball players' release from jail in China, LaVar Ball suggested the President was overplaying his role in the matter. When LaVar was asked about Trump's role in the situation, he responded "Who? What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out."
Trump responded to those comments in a string of tweets, in which he called LaVar ungrateful and said he should have left the three UCLA basketball players in jail.
The very next day, LaVar Ball made an appearance on CNN. During the 23-minute interview he addressed the situation with Trump, saying, “I would have said thank you if he would have put (LiAngelo) on his plane and taken him home...there’s a lot of room on that plane.”
LaVar's son LiAngelo, as well as his UCLA teammates Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, had been detained in China for a few days after being arrested for shoplifting, but returned home shortly after Trump's visit to China. During his time there, Trump says he spoke with China's President Xi Jinping, and convinced him to let the players free.