President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted that he should have left the three UCLA players in a Chinese jail after LaVar Ball gave Trump no credit for their release.
LaVar Ball, the father of one of the arrested players, on Friday downplayed Trump’s role in freeing the players from a Chinese jail earlier in the week.
In reference to Trump, Ball said to ESPN, “Who?”
“What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out,” he continued.
Trump helped free the players jailed in China after shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store. They were potentially facing 10 years in jail. After securing their release, Trump wondered on Twitter if he’d be thanked. (RELATED: Trump Asks Whether UCLA Basketball Players Will Thank Him For Avoiding Chinese Prison)
In a press conference after their release, the players did indeed thank Trump. (RELATED: UCLA Basketball Players Thank Trump After He Wondered If They Would)
Trump’s original tweets about the players ignited some in the media with many playing up the racial angle. (RELATED: CNN Analysis: Trump Is An Old White Man ‘Demanding Thanks From Three Young Black Men’)