LaVar Ball Removes His Son LiAngelo From UCLA

Ball and fellow freshmen basketball players Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were suspended indefinitely by the school following the shoplifting issue in China.

LaVar Ball said that he has yet to inform the UCLA coaching staff that he is pulling LiAngelo. All three players were allowed to return to the United States after President Donald Trump, who was already in Asia on a trip, spoke to President Xi Jinping of China about the incident.

"We are exploring other options with 'Gelo", said LaVar, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. "They didn't tell me anything, so why am I gonna tell them". However, a source at UCLA told ESPN's Arash Markazi that this is probably the end for the Ball family at the school.

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LaVar Ball has reportedly removed his son, LiAngelo Ball, from UCLA. 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.

The 18-year-old has not appeared in any games for UCLA in his short career. But even without a landing spot, Lavar feels he can prepare LiAngelo for the National Basketball Association better than a college team can.

The announcement comes just two months after Ball made a decision to pull his other son, LaMelo, out of Chino Hills High School. LiAngelo is eligible to enter the NBA Draft in 2018.

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