Ball and Cuomo argued back and forth for about 20 minutes over the role Trump played in freeing LiAngelo and two of his fellow UCLA basketball players, but Ball was insistent that the president's intervention had little to do with his son's freedom, saying, "I don't have - no doubts about what he did".
Trump has been in a snit ever since three UCLA hoopsters returned to the United States, where he at first assailed them for not thanking him for helping secure their release and then went after LiAngelo Ball's dad, LaVar, who told ESPN he doubted Trump's role in the matter.
"What was he over there for?" Don't tell me nothing. But when Ball stopped short of thanking Trump during an appearance on ESPN shortly after news of the shoplifting incident broke, the Republican President did what he's become known for and took to Twitter to lash out. Trump wrote. "This issue is killing your league!"
He didn't do anything for Lavar Ball. "I have to know what somebody is doing before I say 'thank you.' I'm not just going to go around saying thank you". China told them why they were released.
In response to LaVar Ball's comments, Trump tweeted Sunday that he should've left the UCLA players in jail.
LaVar Ball goes on CNN to discuss Trump's most recent comments.
But now with Trump blasting LaVar in the media for not thanking him for getting LiAngelo back from China. "I would have said thank you kindly to that".
Tweeting from his Florida vacation home, Trump said: "It wasn't the White House, it wasn't the State Department, it wasn't father LaVar's so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME". "Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man's version of Don King, but without the hair", Trump tweeted November 22, comparing Ball to the controversial boxing promoter and Trump supporter.
Trump also warned that Ball "could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no National Basketball Association contract to support you" had it not been for his intervention.
LaVar Ball - A cast member on a Facebook reality show called "Ball in the Family". It's a really big deal, especially in China.