People accused of racism are rarely let out of that box by the accuser.
Especially if the accuser is LaVar Ball and the object of his accusations is President Donald Trump.
When asked by TMZ sports if Ball believed Trump was racist, he smugly said, “yes … everybody knows that.”
But this is the height of ingratitude on Ball’s part, for it was President Trump who got Ball’s son LiAngelo out of a prison cell in China for shoplifting.
LiAngelo, along with his fellow UCLA freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, was arrested by the Chinese for shoplifting items out of a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China.
All three faced the possible sentence of 10 years in prison.
Trump said that LiAngelo and his friends were released after Trump himself asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to release them.
However, Ball refused to thank Trump and even claimed credit for getting his son back to the United States. During a CNN interview, Ball thanked President Xi but said that he deserved much of the credit:
“I helped my son get out of China. I had some people that had boots on the ground that knew the situation.”
While Ball has accused Trump of being a racist, Ball himself has made blatantly racist comments in the past.
When his son’s basketball team at UCLA lost a game to Kentucky, Ball told the Daily Bulletin the team lost because of the white players, stereotyping them as slower than black athletes.
“Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow.”
In an interview with the radio show, “The Breakfast Club,” Ball responded to a question regarding whether he would be perceived the same way if he were a white man.
“Heck no,” he responded. “They’re scared of me because I’m uncontrollable. When you can’t control one of us, you in trouble.”
But not all of Ball’s family is ungrateful or refuses to own up to their mistakes rather than play the race card.
Even though his father said that his shoplifting was no “big deal,” LiAngelo apologized for the mistake and thanked Trump during a press conference when he was back in the U.S.
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