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LiAngelo Ball Says UCLA Forced Him to Thank Trump After China Shoplifting Incident

“I would also like to thank President [Donald] Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided as well.”

Those were the words of former UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball at a Nov. 15 press conference after Ball’s return to the U.S. following his arrest for shoplifting in China. They were words that the president wanted to hear. And now, Ball is claiming, they were words that UCLA forced him to say.

In an interview on The Breakfast Club, Ball said that it was not his idea to thank Trump, and that it was a last-minute addition to his Nov. 15 remarks.

“My school wanted to hear it,” Ball said. “Before I went up there, it was like, ‘You’ve got to thank him.’ I just threw him in there real quick right before I gave my speech. If they didn’t tell me to do it, it wouldn’t have been in there, to be honest.”

Ball left the school on Dec. 5. He and his brother LaMelo Ball have since signed a deal to play professional basketball in Lithuania.

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