It is not very often that one can witness a parent respond ungratefully when their child is rescued from a horrific circumstance. It is even stranger to see the parent ungrateful when their child caused the heinous situation to unfold. However, that is what transpired when President Trump negotiated the release of three UCLA students who were arrested and jailed in China.
Bill O’Reilly took to Twitter to talk about how President Trump “has every right to call out the ingratitude of LaVar Ball.” Ball’s son was arrested in China when he and two other UCLA teammates shoplifted and got busted. Instead of thanking President Trump for negotiating the students’ return, he downplayed the entire situation, even making his son’s crimes seem insignificant.
According to The Daily Mail, LaVar Ball was asked how he felt about President Trump saving his shoplifting son from jail. Ball’s response was “Who?”
His son and UCLA basketball player, LiAngelo Ball–as well as his two teammates Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, came back to the US this week after they were detained in China for shoplifting.
Ball added, “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.” Instead of being happy that his son isn’t facing three to ten years in prison in China, this is his response.
The students were arrested Tuesday after stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton outlet by their hotel. The price of the glasses played a role in the length of their potential punishment.
Ball went on to describe the situation as “not a big deal.” He did mention that he was “happy how things were handled,” but never personally thanked or acknowledged the President.
LaVar Ball continued: “They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes. I’m from LA. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses.”
His effort to downplay the situation was immediately noted by O’Reilly. Mr. O’Reilly concluded: “The man’s son was spared the Chinese criminal justice system because Trump intervened. Mr. Ball then insulted Trump. Anyone who defends Mr. Ball is misguided in the extreme.”
President Trump took to Twitter after the event to wonder whether or not the UCLA players would thank him for saving them. The President also noted that they could have received up to ten years in prison for the theft.
Surprisingly, all three players did come out to thank President Trump during a press conference that took place after they made it home.
The father of a UCLA basketball player that Pres. Trump was able to get out of jail in China responded to Trump’s kindness with ungratefulness, and Trump called him out on it. Did Pres. Trump do the right thing?
William Nee, a Hong-Kong based researcher of the Chinese court system, explained the severity of their crime. “I would say they could be in quite a bit of trouble if they have solid proof that they shoplifted,” Nee said. It’s clear that the students wouldn’t be home if it weren’t for Mr. Trump’s intervention.
The political identity of the person who recused students from ten years in a Chinese prison should be irrelevant to the parents of these young men. If gratitude could have been displayed for the act, it might have brought Americans together. That political ideology interfered with expressing gratitude is sad considering the punishment the students were rescued from.