Monday's HOT MIC
Lavar Ball, the overbearing, ignorant father of LiAngelo Ball, the young UCLA basketball player caught shoplifting in China, has forced his child to drop out of college.
You are not going to believe why.
"I'm not sitting back and waiting," LaVar Ball told ESPN. "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."
The eldest Ball brother, Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo, played for the Bruins last season and the youngest Ball offspring, high school junior LaMelo, committed to UCLA.
LaVar pulled LaMelo out of Chino Hills High School in early October, saying in part at the time: "I'm not dealing with the coach over there. ... So therefore I'm going to home school him and make him the best basketball player ever."
LaVar Ball said there's no plans for LiAngelo to play college basketball anywhere else.
"I'm going to make him way better for the draft that UCLA ever could have," Ball told ESPN.
LiAngelo Ball’s college career – at least for the 2017 school year – would have been on hold anyway. He’d be unable to enroll and play immediately for any NCAA Division I program, although there would have been at least the possibility he could catch on at a lower-level program, like an NAIA school.
Young Mr. Ball only spent a few days in Chinese custody and was allowed to endure his "incarceration" in a luxury hotel.
If he had been treated like a normal tourist, the Chinese would not have been so kind. In fact, the Chinese prison system is a living hell and if Ball and been tried and convicted in a Chinese court, that's where he would have ended up.
The elder Ball should be hitting his knees every night thanking Trump for saving his kid from the tender mercies of the Chinese communists. But then, judging by his father's irrational, overbearing behavior, maybe he would have been better off in a Chinese prison.