College basketball “Little League Dad” Lavar Ball has pulled his son LiAngelo Hall out of UCLA after the team suspended the student-athlete for stealing while on a trip through China.
Lavar Ball has feuded with President Trump since Trump rescued LiAngelo and 2 teammates from Chinese prison.
The POTUS spoke to President Xi personally and arranged for the release of the 3 boys, then demanded and got a thank-you from each of the athletes.
But Lavar refused to credit Trump at all, changing the subject in interviews and saying that his son’s criminal act was no big deal. UCLA reacted to the shop-lifting allegations by suspending LiAngelo, which has apparently prompted Ball and son to take their ball and go home.
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It’s a stunning move … LiAngelo Ball will no longer be on the UCLA basketball team and, in fact, he will not be a student at UCLA … because his father, LaVar Ball, is removing him from the institution … TMZ Sports has learned.
As you know, LiAngelo was indefinitely suspended from the team after he stole from several stores during a trip to China. LiAngelo was placed on house arrest but was sprung after Trump and others went to bat for him.
We’re told LaVar believes the suspension was unfair, especially since the charges were dropped. LaVar’s people tell TMZ Sports the famous dad thinks, “There’s no need to break down a kid’s spirit for making a mistake.”
Our sources say LiAngelo is not officially withdrawn from the school but he’s at home and will not return to UCLA.
LiAngelo was a freshman and never actually played a game for the team.
A family spokesperson added LiAngelo and Lavar appreciate UCLA for everything … despite the circumstances that led to the suspension.
Way to teach your kid how to run away from his problems!