LaVar Ball says he is withdrawing son LiAngelo from UCLA

In a high-profile divorce between UCLA and one of its most prominent basketball families, the father of freshman shooting guard LiAngelo Ball said Monday that he intended to withdraw his son from school.

LaVar Ball told The Times that the withdrawal was the result of his dissatisfaction with UCLA’s handling of LiAngelo’s indefinite suspension for his acknowledged role in a shoplifting incident last month in China.

“He might as well be in jail,” LaVar Ball said in a telephone interview. “I’m not going to let UCLA take the fire out of my boy by not letting him play for two months.

“We’re going to do some other options. I’m not going to let him sit back and not practice.”

Georgia Tech in Shanghai. The trio has also been barred from all team activities as part of the punishment.

Coach Steve Alford recently indicated that he expected a decision on the length of the players’ suspensions to come in a matter of weeks.

“We learned today of LiAngelo Ball’s intention to withdraw from UCLA,” Alford said in a statement. “We respect the decision he and his family have made, and we wish him all the best in the future.”