LaVar Ball downplays Donald Trump’s role in UCLA freshmen’s release

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LOS ANGELES — LaVar Ball downplayed his son’s shoplifting incident in China as well as U.S. President Donald Trump’s involvement in getting his son and two other UCLA players back to the United States earlier this week.

“Who?” Ball told ESPN when asked about Trump’s involvement in the matter. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who had been detained in China for the past week on suspicion of shoplifting, landed in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening and addressed the media on Wednesday before being indefinitely suspended by the team.

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

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