"We are exploring other options with Gelo", LaVar Ball told Jeff Goodman of ESPN. "He's out of there".
Ball was serving an indefinite suspension, along with Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, after being caught shoplifting from multiple high-end retail outlets while on the team's overseas trip to China.
The oldest Ball son, Lonzo Ball, 20, also played at UCLA and was chosen second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft. Although there are seemingly no hard feelings from the Ball family, they are no strangers to taking this course of action.
LiAngelo was a freshman and never actually played a game for the team.
"He's not transferring to another school". "The plan is now to get Gelo ready for the NBA Draft".
The charges against LiAngelo - and two other UCLA freshmen - were dropped, which is what reportedly has LaVar peeved over the suspension. "If I was going to thank somebody I'd probably thank President Xi (Jinping)", LaVar Ball said to CNN's Chris Cuomo. But a school might be willing to take a chance on him, though it's doubtful that it will be a program as prestigious as UCLA.
UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford announced last month that the trio would be suspended indefinitely. They were going to keep the best shooter on the team coming off the bench?
For LaVar Ball, the drama of arguing with the president and having his son leave U.C.L.A. - where his youngest son, LaMelo, is also committed to attend in 2019 - is nothing new.