LiAngelo Ball Is Leaving UCLA Without Having Played a Game

Lawrence Cooper
December 5, 2017

"We are exploring other options with 'gelo", LaVar Ball told ESPN.

LiAngelo wasn't an National Basketball Association prospect before his shoplifting arrest, and the baggage of an global incident obviously doesn't help his cause.

LiAngelo Ball, 19, has remained suspended and has not played for UCLA, prompting LaVar Ball to announce his son would leave the university and seek to enter the National Basketball Association draft next June. He has a long way to go before the National Basketball Association is a reasonable option.

The elder Ball pulled his youngest son, LaMelo, out of Chino Hills High recently in favor of home schooling him. But a school might be willing to take a chance on him, though it's doubtful that it will be a program as prestigious as UCLA.

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The move came four weeks after LiAngelo Ball was arrested in China and charged with shoplifting. Trump then stated that he didn't receive proper appreciation from LaVar Ball and later posted on Twitter: "I should have left them in jail!" "I tried to let UCLA deal with the process and he should have been playing the next week". The three issued public apologies after returning to the U.S. The players also expressed gratitude to Chinese authorities and to President Trump for intervening on their behalf. The players are allowed to use athletic facilities, including the weight room, but aren't working directly with the coaching staff, he said.

The Los Angeles Lakers are enforcing a policy that bars media from conducting interviews in a section of the Staples Center where guests of players, including parents, gather after games. The charges were eventually dropped, but not before the worldwide incident made headlines when President Donald Trump tweeted that he helped free the players, which the elder Ball disputed.

LaVar Ball said LiAngelo Ball "wasn't punished this bad in China". The men's exchanges escalated from there.

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