As of now, it certainly looks like the Ball's affiliation with UCLA is over.
Ball drew the most attention in the incident because of his zany family who is always causing an uproar in the sports world.
LaVar Ball, whose eldest son, Lonzo, plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, has repeatedly minimized Trump's involvement in winning the players' release, telling CNN earlier this week: "If I feel nobody did anything, I don't have to go around saying thank you to everybody".
UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball is surrounded by the media as he leaves Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. "I think they know what's right and what's wrong".
UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford says he's "surprised" that LiAngelo Ball is leaving the Bruins program but defended his and the university's actions after Ball's shoplifting incident in China and subsequent criticism from his father, LaVar. If he is a clown, then I definitely want him out of the news cycle and if he is an over-affectionate father/aggressive businessman, I hope he can learn to do those things behind the scenes and let his sons create their own spotlight, without dragging them into the eye of the public because of their association to the CEO of the "Big Baller Brand" who can apparently beat M.J.in a game of pickup.
The Bruins are wrapping up a critical four-game homestand that Alford has dubbed "growth week" before they play their only true nonconference road game of the season Saturday at MI. During the past three games, opponents are shooting just 35.7 percent from the field. LiAngelo Ball explained on the Today Show that "people started taking stuff and me, just not thinking and being with them, I took something too".
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Trump had previously said he should have left all three players in jail because LaVar Ball hadn't thanked him publicly for his intervention. Police officers showed up at the team hotel the next morning and arrested Ball, Riley and Hill.
"We get back over here, and the consequences were even stiffer than China".
Alford said last week that he and his staff were communicating with the players via text messages and calls, mostly to see if they are attending classes.
"I'm going to make him way better for the draft than UCLA ever could have", he said. Alford said the disciplinary process remains ongoing through the office of student conduct, and he did not have a timeline for when it will be complete.
How will LaMelo Ball develop away from his high school team?
Why not, he was asked. "I'm at Pauley (Pavilion) every day. I'm at the Ostin Center every day working, so if they need to talk, they know where to find me".