LiAngelo Ball’s career at UCLA is over and he only played in one game. The freshman guard plans to withdraw from the university and will no longer play for the basketball team, reportedly because of LaVar Ball’s displeasure with the suspension his son was given for shoplifting in China.
“We are exploring other options with Gelo,” LaVar Ball told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
No official announcement has been made by the school, and he remains enrolled as a student. LiAngelo is currently suspended indefinitely for the shoplifting charges that became an international incident and led to involvement from United States President Donald Trump.
LaVar Ball and Trump then became engaged in a bizarre war of words that overshadowed the initial crime entirely. Trump became publicly incensed with LaVar’s unwillingness to publicly thank him, leading to an entertaining appearance from the Big Baller Brand CEO on CNN.
“It wasn’t like he was in the U.S. and said, ‘OK, there’s three kids in China. I need to go over and get them.’ That wasn’t the thought process,” LaVar Ball said on CNN.
“I say thank you when I see something,” LaVar Ball later added.
“If you help, you shouldn’t have to say anything. Let him do his political affairs and let me handle my son and let’s just stay in our lane.”
The brother of Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, LiAngelo was given a 3-star distinction by 247Sports coming out of high school.
LiAngelo’s impending withdrawal from UCLA comes months after LaVar pulled his third son, LaMelo, out of high school because of disagreements with the Chino Hills (Calif.) coaching staff.
By Tyler Conway