LiAngelo Ball Rumors
During this time, everyone but Ball, Riley and Hill believed this was a one-store shoplifting incident, perhaps a momentary teenage lapse in judgment. UCLA and Pac-12 officials at the scene sensed that they would be allowed to leave and rejoin the team in Shanghai the next day. But around 7 p.m., the boutique across the street from Louis Vuitton reported that sunglasses had been shoplifted from their store Monday. A couple of hours later, H&M called about bracelets shoplifted from their store the same night. Surveillance footage confirmed it was again Ball, Riley and Hill. “The police were basically wrapping up everything in terms of the investigation and paper work,” one school source said. “It was three teenagers making one big, dumb mistake. And just when we thought it was over, we find out about the second store, and then we find out about the third store.”
Donald Trump first found out about the situation, according to The New York Times, when members of his staff saw it on CNN just before Trump’s dinner with the president of China, Xi Jinping, in Beijing on Thursday. Trump would later tell reporters on Tuesday, Nov. 14, that he first heard about the situation “two days ago,” at which point he personally asked the Chinese president to look into the matter. The White House did not respond to requests to clear up the timeline, but UCLA sources say they didn’t become aware of Trump’s involvement until Sunday when White House chief of staff John Kelly called the players to say that Trump was intervening on their behalf and that he was optimistic of a quick resolution. A Pac-12 source, who was not present for the actual call from Kelly, confirmed the UCLA sources’ description of the timeline. “The situation was already resolved by the time we heard about Trump’s involvement,” one team source said. “That’s not to take away from the fact that he got involved, but the players already had their passports back and their flights booked to go home Tuesday night when Gen. Kelly called the players.”
Ball, Hill and Riley, along with Alford and Guerrero addressed the media at Pauley Pavilion during a news conference but did not take any questions. Everyone thanked Trump for his involvement. Guerrero also singled out Kelly for calling the players. While the students wrote their own statements, they were encouraged by school officials to thank Trump. Prior to the news conference, Trump tweeted, “Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!” One UCLA source stressed that the school can’t know for sure everything that Trump and Kelly did behind the scenes, so the school felt a thank you was in order. “It just seemed like the right thing to do,” the source said. “Everyone wanted to move on and put this behind us. Why get into it with the president? Let’s not create another story by not thanking him. He had already tweeted about getting a thank you the morning of the press conference, so thank him and move on.”
Ball also said he had no reaction to comments made by his father, LaVar, that detailed a plan in which the point guard will not re-sign with the Lakers when his rookie contract is up unless the Lakers eventually sign his two brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo. Ball reiterated that he just sticks to playing basketball no matter what headlines his father creates. “I did [see it],” Ball said when asked about LaVar’s comments to a Lithuanian reporter. “No reaction [to it]. Like I said, I always just play. He always talks. It’s always been the same way.”
Donatas Urbonas: LaVar Ball on his big plan how he’s going to bring Lonzo, Melo and Gelo to one NBA team: “Lonzo will be on his 3rd year and I want let every NBA team know, that Lonzo is not going to resign with the Lakers, but will go to any team, that will take all of my three boys.”
LaVar Ball: I want all my three boys to play for the Lakers. But if that does not happen. I’m telling you the story what’s gonna happen first. If they don’t take Gelo this year, I bring back Gelo here (Prienai) to play with Melo for two years. Lonzo will be on his third year and I want let every NBA team know. that Lonzo is not going to resign with the Lakers but will go to any leans that will take all of my three lboys. That’s my plan. Lonzo plays best when he is with his brother. Why wouldn’t — he is hell of a shooter. They don’t play the same position. You see how successful he was when he was with his brother? Why wouldn’t you be smart and say: so, you want your brother? Come on. let’s complete the Royal Flush and get the other brother.
LaVar Ball: We don’t have to go any draft. Just sips hiss in a free agency. You don’t have to give Gelo 15M. Give my million for three years. we’ll take it. Cause they snake so much money off the court. they loose spare change. So now you win championship after championship on fact that my boys will never leave. That’s what I mean championship. championship. championship. You got to keep the team together for a long time. but you can’t because more money is offered. that’s why guys jumping between the teams. But what’s better than three Ball boys together? The Big Three. The original Big Three.