LaVar Ball has baited the hook and launched its line. Now it's just a matter of seeing if he succeeds in the staggering of the biggest online fish: President Trump.
Clearly eager to continue his dispute with Trump and bathe in the publicity that follows, Ball published a GIF on Thursday that showed him wetting the president. He added the phrases "The Trump dunk" and "Stay in yo lane" in the form of hashtags.
The GIF modifies Trump in more ways than just its main images. The details include a joke about the president's hairline underneath his famous hairstyle, and the animated Twitter feed on his phone shows Fox News tweets, including this actual headline : "FBI agent fired from the investigation of Russia oversaw Flynn's interviews, softened Comey's language about Clinton's email actions. "
If the story serves as a clue, Ball, the father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball and the youngest children of basketball, LiAngelo and LaMelo, may well get his wish to attract Trump's attention. The president went after Ball on Twitter twice last month as a result of an incident in which LiAngelo, then a Bruin from UCLA, was arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting before he could return to the US. UU
Trump claimed credit for helping LiAngelo personally intervene on his behalf with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but Ball expressed doubts about the help his son I had received from the president. That made Trump post his message on Twitter: "Now that the three basketball players are out of China and have been saved for years in prison, LaVar Ball, LiAngelo's father, does not accept what I did for his son and the Theft is not possible, what a thing, I should have left them in jail! "
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later told reporters that Trump's" leave them in jail " it was simply a "rhetorical response to a criticism" by Ball. She added, "I think it was less about the players that the father of one of the Americans really seemed to have a problem with that." Frankly, it did not seem that the father wanted the president to intervene, which I think would have been a sad thing if not It would have been like that. "
Later that day, Ball went to CNN and told Chris Cuomo, "I think the president helped, I do not know, if you helped, you should not have to say anything."
"There are many other things that are happening, "Ball said of Trump in the interview. "Let him do his political affairs, and let me handle my son, and let us stay in our lanes."
"It was not the White House, it was not the State Department, it was not Father LaVar, the so-called people on the ground in China who took his son out of a long-term prison sentence – ME ERA ME," Trump tweeted the next day in response. "Too much! LaVar is just Don King's version of a poor man, but without hair."
… LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, theft is not a small thing. It's really a big problem, especially in China. You ungrateful fool!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017
On Tuesday, Ball complained that "Trump did not thank him" after sending the president three pairs of shoes – in red, white and blue – made by your family's company, Big Baller Brand. Ball, who has managed to draw disdainful comments from basketball luminaries such as Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and LeBron James, told CNN that he made the gesture of "showing him that we are patriotic."
LiAngelo Ball is no longer at UCLA, having retired in the midst of what his father described as a lack of school support. LaVar Ball promised to personally prepare his son for next year's NBA draft, but in the meantime, he seeks to have both LiAngelo and LaMelo, 16, whom Ball had already retired from high school, sign with a basketball player professional. team abroad.
Many people have commented on the wisdom of those actions, but Trump, as one might expect, has been busy with some of those "other things that are happening". However, it would not be a shock to see that the president returns fire to Ball's latest provocation, and the outspoken patriarch must hope that it turns out to be the GIF he continues to give.
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