The UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team has one less player…
On Monday, LaVar Ball confirmed to ESPN he pulled son LiAngelo Ball from the university without playing a single game.
As we reported, the freshman — along with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill — made headlines when they were released from China after facing years in prison for shoplifting. The students were suspended indefinitely due to the incident.
LaVar told the publication:
“We are exploring other options with Gelo… He’s out of there.”
The father of three basketball players is upset with how the school is treating his son, and even compares his punishment to him being in “jail.”
“I’m not sitting back and waiting… He wasn’t punished this bad in China… We get back over here and the consequences were even stiffer than China. So basically they’re in jail here.”
Instead of pursuing another college basketball team, LaVar will prepare LiAngelo for the 2018 NBA Draft.
“I’m going to make him way better for the draft than UCLA ever could have… He’s not transferring to another school… The plan is now to get Gelo ready for the NBA draft.”
That same day, UCLA coach Steve Alford also confirmed the news, and released the following statement:
“We learned today of LiAngelo Ball’s intention to withdraw from UCLA… We respect the decision he and his family have made, and we wish him all the best in the future.”
After the China incident, LaVar refused to thank Donald Trump for his reported participation in his son’s release, prompting the President to call him the “poor man’s version of Don King” and an “ungrateful fool.”
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