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LiAngelo Ball said he only thanked Donald Trump because UCLA told him to

Nov 15, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins guard LiAngelo Ball speaks at a press conference regarding the arrest of Ball and freshman teammates Jalen Hill and Cody Riley (both not pictured) in China for shoplifting. Ball is the son of LaVar Ball and Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (both not pictured). Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-377187 ORIG FILE ID: 20171115_jel_al2_291.jpg

LiAngelo Ball’s career at UCLA ended after one exhibition game, an arrest in China and an indefinite suspension.

Upon his return to Los Angeles, Ball and his suspended teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill held a press conference where they offered a public apology and also thanked President Donald Trump for his role in the players’ return to the U.S.

According to Ball, that thank you to Trump only occurred because UCLA told him to include it in his speech. Ball spoke about that press conference in an appearance with LaVar Ball on The Breakfast Club. The exchange starts around the 25:45 mark.

LiAngelo said:

“They wanted to hear that, and he tweeted about it before my speech so I had to add it in there right before I gave it.”

He continued:

“My school wanted to hear it too. Before I went up there, it’s like, ‘You gotta thank him.’ I just threw him in there real quick before I gave my speech.”

When asked if he would have thanked Trump having known he was going to leave UCLA for Lithuania, LiAngelo added:

“No. If they didn’t want me to do it. If they didn’t tell me to do it, it wouldn’t have been in there, to be honest.”

Trump had tweeted before the press conference to request an apology from the UCLA players.

Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!

Though LiAngelo did thank Trump, LaVar Ball refused to, which ignited a feud between the outlandish father and Trump.

 

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