LaVar Ball has baited the hook and cast his line. Now it’s just a matter of seeing if he is successful in reeling in the biggest of online fish: President Trump.
Clearly eager to continue his feud with Trump — and bathe in the ensuing publicity — Ball posted a GIF Thursday that showed him dunking on the president. He added the phrases, “The Trump dunk,” and “Stay in yo lane” in the form of hashtags.
The GIF tweaks Trump in more ways than just its main imagery. Details include a joke about the president’s hairline underneath his famous hairdo, and the animated Twitter feed on his phone shows tweets from Fox News, including this real recent headline: “FBI agent fired from Russia probe oversaw Flynn interviews, softened Comey language on Clinton email actions.”
If history is any indication, Ball, the father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, as well younger basketball-playing sons LiAngelo and LaMelo, may well get his wish of attracting Trump’s attention. The president went after Ball on Twitter on two occasions last month in the wake of an incident in which LiAngelo, then a UCLA Bruin, was detained in China in suspicion of shoplifting before being allowed to return to the U.S.
Trump took credit for helping LiAngelo by personally intervening on his behalf with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but Ball expressed doubt about how much help his son had actually received from the president. That got Trump to post his message on Twitter: “Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders subsequently told reporters that Trump’s “left them in jail” remark was merely a “rhetorical response to a criticism” by Ball. She added, “I think it was less about the players than the father of one of the Americans really seemed to have a problem with it. Frankly, it didn’t seem like the father wanted the president to intervene, which I think would have been a sad thing if he hadn’t, most likely.”
Later that day, Ball went on CNN and told the network’s Chris Cuomo, “Do I think the president helped? I don’t know. If you helped, you shouldn’t have to say anything.”
“There’s a lot of other things that’s going on,” Ball said of Trump in the interview. “Let him do his political affairs, and let me handle my son, and let’s just stay in our lanes.”
“It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence — IT WAS ME,” Trump tweeted the next day in response. “Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.”
…LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017
On Tuesday, Ball complained that he “didn’t get a thank you” from Trump after sending the president three pairs of shoes — in red, white and blue — made by his family’s company, Big Baller Brand. Ball, who has managed to draw disdainful comments from basketball luminaries such as Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and LeBron James, told CNN that he made the gesture to “show him that we’re patriotic.”
LiAngelo Ball is no longer at UCLA, having withdrawn amid what his father described as a lack of support from the school. LaVar Ball vowed to personally prepare his son for next year’s NBA draft, but in the meantime, he is looking to have both LiAngelo and 16-year-old LaMelo, whom Ball had already pulled out of high school, sign together with a professional basketball team overseas.
Plenty of people have offered comment on the wisdom of those actions, but Trump, as one might normally expect, has been busy with some of those “other things that’s going on.” However, it would not be a shock to see the president fire back at Ball’s latest provocation, and the outspoken patriarch must be hoping it proves to be the GIF that keeps on giving.
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