Ball didn't back down during the CNN interview, telling host Chris Cuomo that Trump has more important things to do than ask for his gratitude.
The president, in tweets Sunday, said he should have left LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in jail because LaVar Ball "is unaccepting of what I did for his son" and "very ungrateful!" Ball dismissed Trump's efforts, saying, "Who?" when asked about the president's actions. "If you helped you shouldn't have to say anything". "I need to go over and get them.' That wasn't the thought process", he told Cuomo. Now, he is the person who stood up to Trump, refused to grovel to Trump and exposed in the words of Shaun King at The Intercept that "Few things irritate white men, particularly white men whose power is centered in their whiteness, than a fully free Black man who doesn't kiss their ass on demand". Once he did, he tweeted his hope that the players would thank him. If I helped somebody, I don't walk around saying, 'You know, I helped you now. LiAngelo Ball was one of three UCLA basketball players to be taken prisoner in China after shoplifting.
I help somebody get a job.
Ball also said that he doesn't have doubts about what Trump did, but he has "doubts about what he didn't do". "Let [Trump] do his political affairs and let me handle my son and let's just stay in our lane".
Ball was on CNN Monday night when he made the claim.
Over the weekend, LaVar Ball-a bombastic figure himself-diminished Donald Trump's role in getting his son and two other UCLA basketball players back to the USA after they were arrested for shoplifting in China.
He said Trump didn't travel to China specifically to get his son released. "I should have left them in jail!"
Of LaVar's response to EPSN, Colbert joked, "Pretending not to know him is the meanest thing you can do to Donald Trump".
Meyers added of Trump's tweets, "Every time I think Trump has hit rock bottom, he just bursts through the rock and keeps falling".
"I would have said "thank you" if [Trump] would have put him on his plane and took them home".