The inevitable LaVar Ball vs. Donald Trump war of words is here

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The president tweeted that Ball is "unaccepting" of what he did for his son, LiAngelo Ball, adding that because of that he should have left the college students in Chinese jail.

CNN media critic and host of "Reliable Sources" Brian Stelter said that President Donald Trump's decision to spend Sunday afternoon feuding with LaVar Ball - the father of one of the UCLA basketball players who were detained in China on charges of shoplifting. Yet Trump intervened, personally asking Chinese president Xi Jinping to help resolve the case. But, Lavar Ball later suggested in an ESPN interview that Trump had little to do with the matter.

"To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You're welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made.your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE!". "Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I'm from LA".

POTUS demanded praise immediately, and wondered on Twitter if the three players would bother thanking him. The trio of players did not return to the United States with their team, and were placed on house arrest at their hotel while the police continued their investigation. "Very ungrateful!" Trump tweeted.

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At a press conference after their return, all three players had individually thanked Trump, and initially, Trump seemed to acknowledge the players' gratitude. "We really appreciate you helping us out", Riley said.

"Who?" Ball told ESPN when asked about Trump's role in the situation.

"As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine", he said.

Which somehow manages to both be accurate - Trump was making it a bigger deal - and totally cavalier about committing crimes in foreign countries - shoplifting in China is different than shoplifting in L.A.! "I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses", he said. Sunday's tweet from the president of the United States calling out Lavar Ball by name somehow seemed like a foregone conclusion. The university later announced that the players would be suspended indefinitely.