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Ungrateful Father.

LaVar Ball

LaVar Ball is the father of one of the UCLA basketball team members who were arrested in China and looking at possibly long jail terms is less than appreciative of the efforts of President Trump to get his son back home.

As we wrote the other day, the State Department and President Trump worked to get the three players, Jalen Hill, LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley, home to the United States.

Trump wondered on his Twitter feed if the players would say “thank you” to him for his assistance and indeed, the young men in a press conference acknowledged the President’s involvement and the outcome.

“I would like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they’ve provided as well,” LiAngelo Ball said in a press conference on Wednesday.

“To President Trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our

behalf,” another player, Cody Riley, said. “We really appreciate you helping us out.”

“Thank you to the United States government and President Trump for your efforts to bring us home,” the third player, Jalen Hill, said.

Frankly, the prepared statements may be all hype and the players don’t really care how they got home, but it is something that the trio were appreciative of the help of the US government in getting them out of China.

However, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball, was not as appreciative or gracious.

Who?” LaVar Ball told ESPN on Friday, 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.”

He may not have helped LaVar Ball out, but to say Trump didn’t help his son LiAngelo Ball out is denying facts. Most parents would have thanked the President, said they were glad their kids were home safe and sound and tried to move forward in dealing with the impending action UCLA will take against the trio, who have been suspended indefinitely from the basketball team.

As for the incident in China itself, daddy Ball had this to say:

I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that’s a different thing.

“Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things and they get stuck on them too long. That’s not me. I handle what’s going on and then we go from there.”

We have all seen worse things from people than shoplifting, but larger things generally start out with smaller incidents. To downplay the fact that as a representative of the United States and UCLA, the trio thought it would be a great idea to shoplift in a country where theft can be a capital offense is stupid. Ridiculously stupid.

There is a verse in the Bible that talks about the “sins of the father not being visited upon the son.” In other words, what a parent does should not be held against the child. That is certainly true in this case.

The players, whether prompted or on their own, had the class and dignity to admit they were wrong and to thank those who helped them out of a difficult situation of their own making.

Good for them.

The father?

Not so much. Not much class. Not much dignity.

Here’s hoping the kid can stay above the father.



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