LiAngelo Ball, one of three UCLA basketball players suspended indefinitely after being accused of shoplifting in China, will no longer attend the school.
LiAngelo’s father, LaVar Ball, reportedly told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman on Monday (Dec. 4) that he pulled his son because he feels the suspension is unfair since the charges were dropped.
“I’m not sitting back and waiting,” LaVar 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.”
LiAngelo is a freshman at UCLA but hasn’t made his debut since the suspension. He along with Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were punished after allegedly being caught on camera stealing items from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel.
“I’m going to make him way better for the draft that UCLA ever could have,” LaVar said. “They had him there just to use the Ball family name. They were going to keep the best shooter on the team coming off the bench? That’s like telling the Clippers back in the day not to play JJ Redick.”
LaVar says his youngest son, LaMelo, has committed to UCLA and will still attend the school after he’s finished with varsity ball at Chino Hills High.
LaVar Ball told ESPN he has pulled LiAngelo Ball from UCLA. “We are exploring other options with Gelo,” LaVar said. “He’s out of there.”
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) December 4, 2017