LaVar Ball Reignites Trump Feud With ‘#StayInYoLane’ Tweet

LaVar Ball has re-sparked his feud with President Donald Trump that started back in November. Ball took to Twitter Saturday to gloat after an ESPN report revealed that Trump likely overstated his involvement in securing the release of LiAngelo Ball and two other members of UCLA’s basketball team—Cody Riley and Jalen Hill—after a shoplifting incident in China.

“Thank you for what again @realDonaldTrump? #knowyourfacts #stayinyolane,” Ball tweeted, after the ESPN report went live Saturday.

In November, Trump tweeted that the UCLA players should’ve thanked him for his help in preventing them from serving a 10-year jail sentence for shoplifting in China.

Per ESPN’s report, the charges had been dropped, and LiAngelo Ball, Hill, and Riley were already scheduled to return to America two days before Trump got involved.

Things got increasingly tense between Trump and LaVar when he initially downplayed Trump’s involvement.

“What was he over there for?” Ball replied to ESPN when asked about Trump’s potential involvement. “Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

It’s unclear if Trump knew the matter had pretty much been resolved before he reached out to Chinese President Xi Jinping, but he still had those petty tweets ready.

Months later, UCLA officials confirmed to ESPN that Trump and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly got involved late in the process. The players involved gave Trump the thanks he demanded during a press conference, but LaVar was correct in implying that Trump had very little to do with settling the incident. Given both Trump and Ball’s affinity for getting the last word, it remains to be seen if one of the stranger sports feuds in recent years is finally over.

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LaVar Ball Goes Off in Brutal Comments About Charles Barkley’s Family


LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball are officially ensconced in Lithuania, and their father, LaVar, is busy doing what he does best—stirring up controversy with his trademark provocative statements. His latest target is Charles Barkley, with whom he has previously sparred in the past.

In a January 5 interview with Sports Illustrated's Jared Zwerling, the Big Baller patriarch had some cutting words about the former NBA MVP and current TNT analyst.

When asked about his public image, Ball didn't hold back when delving in to his beef with Barkely. “Like Charles Barkley, he's been talking crazy. 'LaVar is a bad father, this and that.' And I'm just, like, don't even talk about Gelo going to China because you've been in jail in Arizona. You have kids that you don't even talk about. You have a daughter nobody knows about,” Lavar said. 

In March 2009, Barkley did serve a three-day jail sentence in Phoenix stemming from a drunk driving charge, though Ball's claim about a secret daughter is much harder to confirm or deny.

Barkley has been a harsh critic of Ball in the past. He challenged LaVar, who played at Washington State and averaged 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds, to a game of one-on-oneBarkley later responded to Ball's decision to send his two youngest sons to play professionally for Lithuania's Prienu Vytautas. Ball's eldest, Lonzo, is the Los Angeles Lakers' starting point guard and was the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

“He represents everything that's bad about sports,” Barkley told ESPN. “You know, I just feel bad for those kids because everybody talks about, 'He might be a good father,' this and that. No, he's not. He's just exploiting his kids.”

Both Ball and Barkley have had their share of defenders and detractors on social media.

Ball recently claimed all three of his sons will be Los Angeles Lakers by 2020, but whether that happens or not he'll surely find a way to stay in the news by jawing at the league's media class.

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LaVar Ball Discusses the Idea of LiAngelo Returning to China to Play Professionally

Now that LaVar Ball has pulled his middle son LiAngelo out of UCLA, everyone is wondering where he’ll play next. It doesn’t sound like he’s going to transfer to a different college, and it also sounds like his European options could be limited. So could he potentially end up back in China of all places, the same place where he was just arrested and jailed for shoplifting?

Shortly after LiAngelo left UCLA, some basketball fans joked about the idea of LiAngelo going back to China.

But it could actually be a real possibility—at least if you ask LaVar. TMZ Sports caught up with the Ball family patriarch at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday afternoon and asked him if he thinks China would be a good landing place for LiAngelo. His response: “Why not?”

LaVar didn’t really shed any light on where LiAngelo might end up, but he did say he doesn’t think Chinese basketball teams would be against bringing LiAngelo back into the mix, despite his recent legal concerns in the country.

“Of course,” LaVar told a TMZ Sports cameraman. “Why not? I don’t know what he’s going to do, but [China] would be happy to have him.”

Chinese teams have welcomed plenty of U.S. basketball stars with open arms in the past. Hell, Stephon Marbury is basically basketball royalty in China at this point. But would they really welcome LiAngelo after all the controversy he caused in November?

It sounds crazy, but then again, this entire LiAngelo saga has been crazy, so would it even surprise you if he ended up in China? Check out the clip above to see LaVar address it. Later in the clip, LiAngelo also makes a brief appearance, mostly ignoring the TMZ Sports cameraman’s questions about his future.

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A Timeline of Donald Trump’s Beef with LaVar Ball

At some point, you just knew that Donald Trump and LaVar Ball were going to cross paths in 2017. After all of the completely off-the-wall shit that has taken place this year, it wouldn’t be right if we went into 2018 without their names being linked for one reason or another. But we really have to give it up to them: In our wildest dreams, we couldn’t imagine them being connected as a result of a story involving Louis Vuitton sunglasses, shoplifting, and international politics.

And yet, here we are! With still about a month to go in 2017, the inevitable Donald Trump vs. LaVar Ball feud that we all knew was going to happen has happened. The two engaged in a war of words over the weekend, and thanks to their beef, LaVar made an appearance on CNN on Monday night that will more than likely receive a response from Trump.

Let’s take a look at how we got here. Here’s a timeline of Donald Trump’s beef with the head of the Ball family.

Nov. 7, 2017: LiAngelo Ball and two UCLA teammates are arrested in China for shoplifting

During a trip to China to take part in a game against Georgia Tech, LiAngelo and his two teammates, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were arrested after they were caught stealing from a Louis Vuitton store near their team hotel. They were released from police custody but were ordered to give up their passports and stay at the hotel until an investigation into the shoplifting allegations took place. Initial reports indicated they could face 3 to 10 years in prison.

Nov. 8, 2017: LaVar Ball says LiAngelo’s arrest “ain’t a big deal”

Despite the possibility of the serious prison sentence that was first reported, LiAngelo’s dad LaVar downplayed the situation. “He’ll be fine,” LaVar told ESPN’s Arash Markazi. “Everyone’s making it a big deal. It ain’t that big a deal.”

Nov. 9, 2017: LaVar is told not to comment on LiAngelo’s arrest again

Just one day after LaVar said LiAngelo’s shoplifting arrest wasn’t “that big a deal,” LaVar refused to comment further on the situation. ESPN’s Arash Markazi reported that someone had told LaVar not to speak about LiAngelo any further until he was allowed to return to the U.S.

Nov. 13, 2017: Trump asks China’s President Xi Jinping to help settle LiAngelo’s case

Several days after LiAngelo was arrested, The Washington Post reported that Trump reached out to President Xi Jinping of China to try and resolve the case. When asked about it, Trump said that President Xi had been “terrific” with regards to his request. But he said that the shoplifting case was “not something that should have happened” in the first place. He also reportedly referred to LiAngelo and his teammates as “knuckleheads” while speaking with President Xi.

Nov. 14, 2017: LiAngelo and his teammates are allowed to leave China

One week after being arrested, LiAngelo and his teammates were finally allowed to leave their hotel and board a flight for Los Angeles. The shoplifting charges that were originally filed against them were reportedly dropped, clearing the way for them to make their way home.

Nov. 15, 2017: Trump calls for LiAngelo and his teammates to thank him for his help

Almost as soon as LiAngelo and his teammates arrived back in the U.S., Trump sent out a tweet that seemed to suggest he was expecting them to say thank you to him at some point. “Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump?” he wrote. “They were headed for 10 years in jail!”

Nov. 15, 2017: LiAngelo and his teammates thank Trump

During a press conference in which all three UCLA players apologized for their actions in China, they also offered up their thanks to Trump.

Nov. 18, 2017: LaVar says he doesn’t think Trump helped LiAngelo and his teammates

While speaking with ESPN a few days after LiAngelo’s safe arrival back in the U.S., LaVar said he didn’t believe Trump played a big part in bringing the UCLA players home. “Who?” LaVar said. “What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”

LaVar continued: “As long as my boy’s back here, I’m fine. I’m happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.' I’m from L.A. I’ve seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn’t define him.”

Nov. 19, 2017: Trump says he should have left LiAngelo and his teammates in jail

In response to LaVar’s “Who?” comment, Trump responded by saying that he should have left LiAngelo and his teammates in jail in China. “Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal,” he wrote. “I should have left them in jail!”

Trump added: “Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!”

Nov. 20, 2017: LaVar refuses to thank Trump during CNN appearance

During one of LaVar’s most memorable media appearances yet, he refused to thank Trump for whatever role he played in bringing LiAngelo back to the U.S. “Did he help the boys get out?” he asked. “I don’t know. If I was going to thank someone, I would probably thank President Xi.”

Towards the end of the interview, LaVar also said the only way he would have thanked Trump is if he would have personally put LiAngelo on Air Force One to bring him home. “I would have said, 'Thank you,' if he put him on his plane and took him home,” he said. “Then I would have said, 'Thank you, Mr. Trump, for taking my boys out of China and bringing them back to the U.S.' There’s a lot of room on that plane. I would have said, 'Thank you kindly for that.'”

And at one point, LaVar also made a Trump-esque statement by saying that he played a bigger part in freeing LiAngelo than Trump did. “I had some people that had boots on the ground that knew the situation when we first jumped on there,” he said. “I keep those people in mind.”

Trump and Ball both seem like the kind of guys who want to have the last word. So we wouldn’t expect this to end anytime soon.

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Lonzo Ball Becomes Youngest NBA Player to Notch a Triple-Double

Lakers guard Lonzo Ball messed around and got a triple-double Saturday night, and the much-hyped UCLA product made some history in the process. Early in the fourth quarter of a 98-90 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Ball grabbed his tenth rebound to go along with his 13 points and 11 assists. You can see Ball make history at the 2:23 mark in the video above.

At the age of 20 years, 15 days, Ball surpassed LeBron James as the youngest NBA player to record a triple double—the statistical achievement of reaching double figures in three statistical categories.

Former Lakers great and current Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson, saw his share of triple doubles as a player and offered his rook some congratulations via Twitter.

“Congratulations to Lonzo @ZO2_ for becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple double,” Johnson tweeted.

Given that the young Lakers took an L to drop their overall record to 5-8, Ball didn’t seem particularly impressed with his achievement.

“I really don't care,” Ball told reporters after the game. “We took a loss. It don’t really mean nothing.”

Earlier this summer, Ball became the first NBA rookie to get a triple-double during the Las Vegas Summer League.

The first 13 games of Ball’s professional career have been expectedly uneven, as Ball’s highlight reel assists have come with shooting woes and his brother LiAngelo being detained in China for a reported shoplifting charge. When speaking exclusively with Shams Charania of Yahoo’s The Vertical, Ball shrugged off his early season scoring struggles.

“I really don’t give a … I’ve played this way my whole life,” Ball told Charania. “In today’s NBA, a lot of point guards get buckets, but I go off my impact and what I can do to win games. It’s not going to be scoring every night, but I’m trying to improve that. The way I play, it comes from Dad. He really don’t care about noise either. My dad had me on lesser teams, so I had to do more and it prepares me.”

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On today's episode of Out of Bounds, the team jumps straight into UCLA players LiAngelo Ball, Codey Riley, and Jalen Hill getting arrested in China for shoplifting. Gilbert Arenas talks about the time he and Nick Young were supposed to do a reality show together. The team continues to countdown the days until Colin Kaepernick gets signed, debate whether LeBron or Kyrie has the best sneakers this season, and extend their condolences to former MLB player Roy Halladay's family and friends who died in a fatal plane crash.  

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R. Kelly Accused of Holding Women in ‘Abusive Cult’ That Controls Every Aspect of Their Lives

An extensive new report on 50-year-old R&B star R. Kelly reveals allegations that the singer is holding multiple women against their will in an “abusive cult.” The allegations, detailed in a BuzzFeed News piece from Jim DeRogatis Monday, come from concerned parents who say they are now actively fighting to bring their daughters home from what they describe as a “brainwashed” environment.

“[She] looked like a prisoner — it was horrible,” one woman, identified only as “J,” said of her daughter's alleged relationship with Kelly. “I hugged her and hugged her. But she just kept saying she's in love and [Kelly] is the one who cares for her. I don't know what to do. I hope that if I get her back, I can get her treatment for victims of cults. They can reprogram her. But I wish I could have stopped it from happening.”

J, described as a “devoted stage mom,” first moved to Atlanta with her husband Tim to ensure their daughter had a shot at a viable music career. At 19, they say their daughter—who is not identified in the report—was invited backstage at a 2015 show under the pretense that Kelly was going to help her with music. Two years later, the couple has only heard from their daughter via brief text messages. Due to her age, however, their daughter isn't viewed as a missing person by law enforcement.

Additional accounts from alleged former members of Kelly's “inner circle” add that Kelly “controls every aspect” of the multiple women residing at his properties in Atlanta and Chicago, including everything from their diet to “how they engage in sexual encounters” that are allegedly recorded for playback later in front of Kelly's friends. If Kelly's house “rules” are broken, these former inner circle members allege, he is known to punish the women both physically and verbally. “R. Kelly is the sweetest person you will ever want to meet,” Asante McGee, one of the former inner circle members, said. “But Robert is the devil.”

A Chicago civil lawyer representing Kelly, who was acquitted on 14 child porn counts back in 2008, has called the latest allegations an attempt at “defaming” an artist. “It is interesting that stories and tales debunked many years ago turn up when his goal is to stop the violence; put down the guns; and embrace peace and love,” lawyer Linda Mensch said. “I suppose that is the price of fame. Like all of us, Mr. Kelly deserves a personal life. Please respect that.”

Read the full BuzzFeed News report, which also includes recordings of conversations between Kelly and J and Tim's daughter, right here.

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Ann Coulter Gets Dragged For Complaining About Her Seat on a Delta Flight

If you've never had the misfortune of being subjected to Ann Coulter's way of thinking, consider yourself fortunate. The professional attention seeker has made a living off of saying ridiculous, hateful shit for shock value, under the guise of being a “conservative commentator,” and has even beefed with the king of shock rap himself, Eminem.

On Saturday, she had a different sort of complaint in mind than the usual riffs on immigration and forcing people to be Christian. Coulter registered a complaint that you may think would be sort of universal—she attacked an airline for what she felt was unfair treatment. In a lengthy rant from her Twitter page, Coulter whined about being bumped from her seat on a Delta flight, documenting the occasion with what she claimed was photo evidence.

On the surface, there's a real gripe to be had on Coulter's behalf, and no one likes to be inconvenienced when they fly. In recent months, we've even seen some passengers get outright assaulted because of issues on their flight.

But in Coulter's case, her past stances—and really, a lot of her “political” ideology is just thinly-veiled bigotry—came back to bite her. After listening to the pundit preach for years about personal responsibility and the free market to excuse a lot more insidious B.S., Twitter had a field day contrasting her stated beliefs with her complaint-fest.

If we're being honest, it is past time for us as a society to get Coulter out the paint. Unfortunately, she's pretty entrenched in her lane, and television producers like to use her insane comments to drive a full day of programming when she really antes up on the prejudice.

Knowing this, you have to savor the moments like these when she's faced with her own hypocrisy. Nobody deserves to get bumped from their seat because of their view on taxes, but the only real justice here would be Coulter's hateful ass flying in cargo storage. 

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