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


President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that he shouldn't have helped orchestrate the release of three college basketball players from a Chinese jail after they were caught shoplifting last week. "I should have left them in jail!", Trump wrote in a Twitter post.

But on Friday, LiAngelo Ball's father LaVar Ball downplayed Trump's involvement in his son's return, asking ESPN's Arash Markazi "Who?" and adding, "What was he over there for?"

"What was he over there for? Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", said LaVar Ball, an outspoken former basketball and football player and the CEO of sports apparel company Big Baller Brand.

Following their release, the president initially demanded the UCLA basketball players to thank him publicly for helping to return them home. "They were headed for 10 years in jail!"

All three UCLA players have been indefinitely suspended from the team, coach Steve Alford said.

While there, he and two of his teammates, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, stole some sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store, among other items from other stores.

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The players were arrested and questioned about stealing from high-end stores next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins stayed before leaving for Shanghai to play Georgia Tech.

On Thursday morning, the president sent another tweet: "You're welcome. go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible". "Don't tell me nothing".

Athletic director Dan Guerrero said the shoplifting occurred when the team had 90 minutes of free time on November 6 in Hangzhou.

I'm happy with how things were handled. Trump said in a tweet.

Fredricka Whitfield spoke with Stelter this afternoon on how "the way this President prioritizes is very confusing to a lot of people". "I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses". Also, the US President should never wish for Americans to be locked up in a foreign jail. "How can someone in such a big office be so small?"