LaVar Ball removes LiAngelo Ball from UCLA


Ball is pulling LiAngelo Ball out of UCLA and off its basketball team, TMZ reported Monday, as the freshman continues to serve an indefinite suspension for a shoplifting arrest in China last month.

In November, UCLA teammates Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were benched and subsequently suspended indefinitely after being released on bail following an alleged shoplifting incident in China. "He wasn't punished this bad in China".

"We are exploring other options with Gelo", LaVar Ball told Jeff Goodman of ESPN. People have referred to this as the "LaVar Ball rule", but the Lakers insist that it's not a new, customized policy built around the hoops dad. "So basically they're in jail here", Ball added.

It's unclear what the future of LiAngelo Ball will be after leaving the UCLA Bruins, but a quote from LaVar Ball in a June interview with GQ might provide an indication.

"We get back over here and the consequences were even stiffer than China".

His older brother, Lonzo, played one year at UCLA before declaring for the NBA Draft. Although there are seemingly no hard feelings from the Ball family, they are no strangers to taking this course of action. "If I was going to thank somebody I'd probably thank President Xi (Jinping)", LaVar Ball said to CNN's Chris Cuomo.

LaVar Ball said that that the plan is still for LaMelo Ball - ESPN's seventh-ranked player in the class of 2019 - to go to UCLA.