Former UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball and his outspoken father, Big Baller Brand patriarch LaVar Ball, appeared this morning on the TODAY Show to discuss the circumstances which led to the middle Ball boy withdrawing from UCLA.
Ball discussed his brief stint in a Chinese jail following charges of shoplifting along with two Bruins teammates.
According to LiAngelo, his teammates began stealing stuff and he made the bad decision to jump in.
Now that LiAngelo is no longer a member of the UCLA basketball program, LaVar says that he is exploring overseas professional options for “Gelo” and his youngest son, LaMelo.
“China already said, ‘OK, he made a bad mistake, we’re gonna drop the charges. That’s the punishment they gave him, now we over here. And we gotta serve some more punishment?” LaVar said. “He already fessed up for what he did. He apologized. What is the long process for? We only went to UCLA — one and done — to play basketball.”
Check out the interview below:
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It will be interesting to see what happens next for LiAngelo and LaMelo after both were pulled from school — LaVar pulled LaMelo from Chino Hills High School over the summer in order to homeschool and train him — but if we know anything about the Ball family, they won’t be going away anytime soon.
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