The father of one of the UCLA basketball players arrested on suspicion of shoplifting while on tour in China isn´t praising President Donald Trump for his involvement in their release. When asked by ESPN what role the president played in brokering his son´s freedom, LaVar Ball — a former basketball player himself and star on the Facebook reality series "Ball in the Family" — responded with his own questions. "Who? What was he over there for? Don´t tell me nothing," Ball said. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out." Ball in EPSN´s report on Saturday also downplayed
Comments: One wonders if the paternal unit himself was once a thief. Ingratitude. The Chinese might have chosen not to send the three basketball players back to America.
In America we do not blame children for the crimes, bad manners or stupidity of their parents. We do hope the kids will learn from their parents bad behavior. I am still hoping for the best for these three young men.
I wonder if his attitude is because of his race. I guess that makes me a racist. Closer to the truth, however - is that I find his attitude abhorrent. I would further wonder about the LARGE percentage (though not all) of Blacks who would agree with this man, primarily BECAUSE he is black, like them. But to observe and opine - that makes me a racist.
At the risk of repeating myself. The last time an article about this reprehensible creature was posted on this wonderful site, to get around the "site word filter" I simply said "vile, abhorrent, disgusting, coarse, ungrateful, excuse for a human.
If it´s true that White People think Blacks are Stupid, you have just seen the reason why! His man basically said it was OKAY what his Hoodlum son did in China. He hasn´t a clue what a dangerous mess those three boys were in. They could have gone to Jail for years, yet the Daddy doesn´t have the class to thank the President BECAUSE he´s white! Talk about Racism!
Re #11. At one time in my life I was quite open minded about the black race. Even growing up in the deep South, I could never understand the Jim Crow laws and segregation. The blacks I knew and those that worked for my grandparents were fine people.
After all the laws and the affirmative action, the elevation of the black race to a protected minority and the liberals´ excuses for bad behavior (it´s all white people´s fault)
it´s all changed now. with the horrifying increase in black crime, tearing down of Confederate statues along with Columbus et al, blame whitey, Black lives matter idiocy, disrespecting our anthem and general failure in everything, I have become a good approximation of a racist.
That said, Call me what you like now...I no longer care.
Whether it was heartfelt or not, or perhaps an edict from the coach, at least the three young men had the class and intelligence to thank the president. I loved Mr. Trump´s tweet telling them to learn and have a good life.
La Var Ball is beyond redemption if he thinks our government had no pull with the Chinese leader. Also, if he thinks stealing is no big deal since there are worse crimes. You can bet that if the younger Ball had hired a hooker and murdered her in a hotel room, the elder Ball would have found some worse crime to compare it with.
President Trump has now tweeted that he “should have left them in China”.
I wonder if the boys agree with LaVar. He is certainly not helping their still-open case with UCLA. A mindless loudmouth and bully. After his wife’s stroke, he publicly commented that he was teaching her to speak again and that as long as she’d say I love you and agree with him, that would be good enough for him. Despicable.
Comment From Rolling Stone---- Controversy has, naturally, followed Ball wherever he goes. There´s him demanding no less than $1 billion in sneaker contracts for his three sons. There was the video of him berating his AAU team during a blowout loss, the rumors that he was undermining his sons´ coach at Chino Hills, his comments about Kyrie Irving´s family, his strange maybe-threats against The Herd co-host Kristin Leahy (Ball denies that he was threatening her), his assertion that he would "kill Michael Jordan one-on-one," his comments about LeBron James´ kids, and his claim that Lonzo is better than both James and Stephen Curry. That´s just this year.
President Trump did the right thing and the Chinese showed that they respect him. What the father or the son say is insignificant. Trump can be proud of his accomplishment. He just has to get a tougher skin and stop tweeting responses to ignorant individuals. He should save his fights for important matters.
A specialty section of cosmetics for people of color in the Walmart store in Newnan GA. has been closed off, and a checkout register placed at the entrance, which indicates, to me, that many blacks agree with LaVar Ball´s father about shoplifting being NO big deal:
I will be surprised if the store manager´s move will not be considered racism, however.
Chuckle..I just knew he would not let that go..!!and now the idiot Dad will respond..but PDT needs not to comment on his coming comment!! Old Dad is going to ruin the son´s "career" if he doesn´t shut up..but, he is incapable of that...
FTA: ...(H)is family’s company began selling “Stay in yo lane” shirts (including a women’s version). In May, he told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, “I don’t put out no girls. … Me being alpha dog in our family, I’m gonna have boys. Gimme three boys.”
Wow. What a pig. That´s essentially the attitude that led communist China to its one child policy that led to the abortion deaths of millions of foetal girls. And now there are a lot of lonely Chicom men. LaVar Ball with his hoped for one billion dollar shoe contract and his ridiculously priced ($495) shoes, has a serious debt with Captain Karma, one that will be paid in full. What form it will take is uncertain, but it will probably negatively affect the careers of all three sons. He doesn´t understand what the world is about.
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