During an appearance Wednesday morning on “The Breakfast Club,” LiAngelo Ball revealed UCLA made him thank Donald Trump during his public apology. The former Bruins player says he didn’t include Trump in his initial written apology, and the school told him to mention Trump.
“If they didn’t tell me to do it,” Ball said. “It wouldn’t have been in there.”
LaVar Ball, LiAngelo’s outspoken father, was next to LiAngelo during the interview and was asked if he any had any say. In other interviews, LaVar Ball has made it clear he’s not sure if Trump did anything to help his son, but said he let his kid make his own decision on the subject.
LiAngelo seems to have a similar mindset, though, as he admitted he wasn’t too thrilled about including Trump in his statement.
This whole drama started in November when Ball was arrested for shoplifting in China. Trump reportedly a role in helping get the basketball player back to the United States, and before he made his public apology, Trump asked for a thank you on Twitter.
All three Bruins players who were arrested thanked Trump.
LiAngelo Ball shoplifting arrest
As far as the arrest itself, Ball kind of clarified a few things. In a previous interview with “Good Morning America” he mentioned how he started taking stuff after he saw his teammates do it, but in this interview he made it sound like they all started doing it at the same time.
“I just made a bad decision, that’s all” Ball responded when initially asked about the comment. “I didn’t really say that, too. I read that … I said, ‘We were all stealing.’ N—s was in the shop, and we started taking stuff.’