LaVar Ball told ESPN he's "exploring other options" for LiAngelo, who was one of the three UCLA players suspended indefinitely following an alleged shoplifting incident in China. "He wasn't punished this bad in China". However, LaVar Ball questioned the extent of Trump's involvement in securing his son's release from Chinese custody during a combative 20-minute CNN interview. "So basically they're in jail here", he added.
It appears the main one of those options is to prepare the player for June's National Basketball Association draft.
Meanwhile the oldest Ball brother, Lonzo, 20, is struggling during his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 8.7 points, on 31.3 percent shooting from the field, and seven assists per game. Ball has built a business (Big Baller Brand) off the family name by being outspoken and riling up controversy on a near-weekly basis over the past year-plus. They were going to keep the best shooter on the team coming off the bench?
For LaVar Ball, the drama of arguing with the president and having his son leave U.C.L.A. - where his youngest son, LaMelo, is also committed to attend in 2019 - is nothing new. The NCAA was asked by ESPN about the matter and said, "Generally speaking, a college athlete or prospect paid for use of their athletics reputation or ability risks their future eligibility in that sport".