Ball and Cuomo argued back and forth for about 20 minutes over the role Trump played in freeing LiAngelo and two of his fellow UCLA basketball players, but Ball was insistent that the president's intervention had little to do with his son's freedom, saying, "I don't have - no doubts about what he did". Trump railed on Twitter Sunday.
LaVar Ball - Actually played minor league football (World League of American Football).
Trump said in September that his criticism of the players "has nothing to do with race", rather it's about "respect for our country, flag and national anthem". After their arrest, the three college basketball players were released on bail but were required to remain in their hotel in China until the legal process was over.
Trump's attacks against LaVar Ball could be seen as a demand for gratitude, Khan said.
The three players were informed that they could leave China as the charges against them were withdrawn.
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A few weeks after disinviting Curry, Trump welcomed the 2017 Stanley Cup champions the Pittsburgh Penguins to the White House in October, calling them "incredible patriots".
Trump said LaVar Ball "could have spent the next five to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no National Basketball Association contract to support you".
Hartmann also said that while Trump has found a high profile adversary in LeVar Ball, the feud doesn't focus attention on more substantive racial issues. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out". "You're a has been actor with a thief for a son and Trump is the president of the United States".
"You're gonna take away the pleasure I get from talking sh*t about LaVar Ball?". "It's a really big deal, especially in China", he wrote. "Then I would've said, 'Thank you Mr. Trump for taking my boys out of China and taking them back to the U.S.' There's a lot of room on that plane".
This post will be updated as the saga continues.