LiAngelo Ball Claims He Was Just Following Teammates’ Lead In Shoplifting Incident, Describes Chinese Prison
The chances of LiAngelo Ball making an NBA roster are about as good as LaVar Ball admitting he was wrong in withdrawing him from UCLA. LiAngelo was just a three-star recruit coming out of high school and didn’t see the floor as a freshman at UCLA. One GM told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday, “He’s not on any of our scouting lists — even the extended lists.” Now, LiAngelo won’t even receive an education.
Following the now infamous stealing incident in China, the eldest Ball decided to yank LiAngelo Ball out of UCLA to train him personally and prepare him for the NBA. He did so without notifying UCLA head coach Steve Alford or any of his assistant coaches.
LaVar and LiAngelo made an appearance on the Today Show to speak about LiAngelo’s shoplifting snafu that became so controversial, President Trump reportedly ensured LiAngelo wasn’t incarcerated in China. An act that LaVar showed zero respect for, prompting Trump to tweet “should have left them in jail.”
In any event, when speaking on the incident, LiAngelo has evidently learned the art of deferring responsibility from his pops…
“We all went out one night, went to the malls, went to the Louis Vuitton store and, uh, people started taking stuff, and then, you know, me just not thinking and being with them, I took something too.
“And we left thinking we’ll just get away — you know how kids think. I didn’t realize ‘til I got back to my hotel, I’m like, ‘That was stupid.’ But by then it was too late. And then sure enough, the next morning, the police came and got us. …
“We were in jail for a day and a half. Oh, it was horrible. They take your clothes, you wear, like, whatever they have for you, a little jumpsuit or whatever, take your shoestrings and you just sit in a cement cell for however long. It’s just you and all the officers — and they don’t speak English. (via)”
A big part of me feels bad for this dude. Nobody has ever been nailed to the cross harder for shoplifting a pair of sunglasses in the history of the universe. The other part of me snickers at his stupidity.
[h/t Total Pro Sports]