Things to Know: LaVar Ball talks about Trump's help on CNN

LaVar Ball downplays Donald Trump's role in UCLA freshmen's release

The outspoken father of the LiAngelo Ball, one of three UCLA men's basketball players arrested for shoplifting earlier this month in China, continued the back-and-forth with President Trump on CNN Tonight Monday, where Ball again questioned what Trump did to free the trio.

Many Americans who viewed Ball's Monday night CNN interview expressed feelings of shock.

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The father of a basketball player recently released from jail in China has refused to thank Donald Trump for his role in securing the release, despite the President's repeated attacks on Twitter. The first thing I would say? "Because Donald will say what he needs to for PR and to be talked about, and so does LaVar. I should have left him in jail".

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"Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. He probably got to China by falling through the center of the Earth and popping out the other side".

"Ball has made a career out of baiting people to get publicity for his company, Big Baller Brand, which is a basketball lifestyle brand and not, as I thought, a company that makes trousers for men with husky testicles", the late-night host said. China told them why they were released.

"I would have said "thank you" if [Trump] would have put him on his plane and took them home". Each player thanked Trump and the US government for their role in assisting the players' return home. He added that if he was going to thank anyone, it would be Mr Xi.

And at one point, LaVar also made a Trump-esque statement by saying that he played a bigger part in freeing LiAngelo than Trump did. "I keep those people in mind". "And LaVar Ball knows there's no better way to troll Trump than pretending to not know who he is". So we wouldn't expect this to end anytime soon.

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