It appears LaVar Ball has taken another drastic action in regards to his son as he will take LiAngelo not only off the UCLA team, but out of the school altogether according to a report from TMZ. This is in response to his indefinite suspension from the team for his role in the shoplifting incident that took place in China last month. TMZ is also reporting that LiAngelo has not been officially withdrawn the school, but he he has been taken home and won’t return.
LaVar has confirmed the move to ESPN:
The three players involved in the incident — Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill — were arrested last month while on a trip in China for allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store. The team was in the country ahead of its regular-season opener against Georgia Tech. The three players did not play in the Bruins’ 63-60 win over Georgia Tech and remained in China as the rest of the team flew back home to Los Angeles.
The Washington Post reported that President Trump asked China President Xi Jinping to help resolve the shoplifting case against the three players and the Chinese president assured Trump that he would look into the cases and that the players would be treated fairly and the case would be handled in a timely manner.
Ball was a freshman on the team and had not played in a game all season. A family spokesperson added LiAngelo and Lavar appreciate UCLA for everything despite the circumstances that led to the suspension and this eventual move.