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On Nov. 7, three UCLA basketball players were arrested for shoplifting Louis Vuitton sunglasses in China while their team was visiting the city of Hangzhou. LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were looking at three to 10 years in prison under Chinese law when Donald Trump says he intervened by personally appealing to Chinese president Xi Jinping. The three players were released last week and returned to the United States.

Is the current U.S. president comfortable just doing a good deed for the sake of helping others, though? Not typically. Upon his return to the U.S., Trump tweeted out a passive aggressive message asking the universe if perhaps those players would thank him for the role he played in their freedom.

Shortly after that tweet, the “UCLA Three” held a press conference where they admitted to shoplifting, apologized to everyone and, yes, thanked Donald Trump. All three players specifically thanked “Donald Trump and the United States government” for bringing them home. Well, that was nice. Case closed, right? Wrong. The players may have been grateful to Donald Trump for his actions on their behalf, but one of their father’s was less than impressed. LaVar Ball downplayed Donald Trump’s role when questioned about it by ESPN on Friday.

The thing you need to know about LaVar Ball is that he might be even more outspoken than Trump when it comes to bragging and self-promotion. This man claims that he could beat Michael Jordan in a one-on-one match, says his older son Lonzo is a better basketball player than Steph Curry and shamelessly promotes (and justifies) LiAngelo’s $495 basketball shoes. LaVar is so well-known for his self-promotion that he periodically makes an appearance on Saturday Night Live in the form of Kenan Thompson.

“Who?” Ball replied when asked about the president’s involvement in returning his son to the U.S. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.” He added that he was just happy to have his boy back and said that he wasn’t really too concerned about the fact he was shoplifting.

Donald Trump did not take kindly to being downplayed though. He tweeted his displeasure Sunday afternoon, calling Ball “ungrateful” and saying he should have left the college freshmen in jail.

That sparked its own outrage with people questioning what a response like this means for other Americans who may be detained abroad and how it adds to Trump’s ongoing war with black athletes. These comments contribute to Trump’s narrative that black athletes are “ungrateful” for the opportunities they have been permitted by society — an idea that is problematic to its very core.

Ball has yet to respond (although, we’re sure he will).

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