LaVar Ball pulls son LiAngelo Ball from UCLA

While Ball made it clear in his public remarks following his return to the United States that he was grateful for the president's assistance, the situation escalated when LaVar Ball publicly questioned how much help the president had actually delivered.

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill faced up to 10 years in prison for the incident and were not allowed to leave the hotel. The trio created an worldwide incident that eventually saw President Donald Trump, while visiting Beijing as part of a five-nation Asia tour, personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case.

"We get back over here and the consequences were even stiffer than China". That sparked a very public back-and-forth exchange between the celebrity-in-chief and LaVar, with Trump tweeting, "I should have left them in jail" and calling the outspoken hoops dad an "ungrateful fool" for not thanking him.

"We are exploring other options with 'Gelo", said LaVar, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

The decision puts a wrench in LaVar Ball's plan to put each of his three sons through one year at UCLA before they become eligible for the National Basketball Association draft.

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TMZ broke the story, but reported that LiAngelo Ball had not yet officially withdrawn from the university.

"He's going to be taken care of either way", LaVar Ball said of LiAngelo, and then suggested that LiAngelo could have a future as a model.

If the decision is not reversed, LiAngelo Ball, who gained national notice when he and his two brothers all committed to play for the Bruins, will finish his stint at U.C.L.A. without appearing in a game for the team. "The plan is now to get Gelo ready for the National Basketball Association draft".

Ball told ESPN he hasn't decided where LiAngelo will play this season.

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