LaVar Ball on why he was against UCLA's suspension of his son: 'They've already been forgiven over there, so what's the big deal'

  • LaVar Ball was back on CNN Tuesday morning to discuss pulling his son LiAngelo Ball out of UCLA.
  • Ball and two teammates were suspended indefinitely following their arrests in China.
  • LaVar Ball questioned why his son was being punished more harshly in the US when China had already "forgiven" the players.


LaVar Ball was back at it on Tuesday morning, appearing on CNN to discuss his recent decision to pull his second-oldest son, LiAngelo Ball, out of UCLA before ever playing a single game.

On Monday, LaVar Ball confirmed that he had pulled his son out of UCLA and that he would not be transferring. Instead. LiAngelo Ball will now use this time to prepare for the NBA Draft.

LaVar Ball appeared on CNN with Chris Cuomo, two weeks after the pair's previous interview went off the rails. Ball explained that he pulled his son off the team because the punishment had already gone on long enough and it wasn't clear when his son would be able to play again.

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CHINO, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: (L-R) Lonzo Ball, LaMelo Ball, LiAngelo Ball and LaVar Ball attend Melo Ball's 16th Birthday on September 2, 2017 in Chino, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Crosswalk Productions )
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 23: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to the media during a press conference at their training faculity in June 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 02: LaVar Ball holds courd during The Los Angeles Lakers game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on October 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball (15) looks on during an college exhibition basketball game between the Cal State Los Angeles and the UCLA Bruins on November 1, 2017, at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 07: LaMelo Ball, brother of Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers, walks off the court after shooting baskets as part of a promotion during a timeout of a 2017 Summer League game between the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Clippers won 96-93 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 02: Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on October 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: (L-R) Ice Cube and Lavar Ball compete in the Four Point Challenge during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01: (L-R) LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball attend the game between the UCLA Bruins and the Washington Huskies at Pauley Pavilion on March 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: LaVar Ball sits with his son LaMelo as they watch games during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/BIG3/Getty Images)
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BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 22: Lonzo Ball the number two pick selected by the Los Angeles Lakers talks to the media at the 2017 NBA Draft on June 22, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Chris Marion/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: Lonzo Ball walks on stage with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: LaVar Ball, father of second overall pick Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers, speaks to media during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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"We've got the NCAA holding back, where they're waiting two, three months to tell him if he can play or not," Ball said. "That's one of the main reasons he went to UCLA, to play basketball. That's his passion. And for them to prolong this and go on and on, it's ridiculous to me."

The move to pull LiAngelo Ball out of UCLA came four weeks after he and two of his UCLA teammates were arrested in China and charged with shoplifting. The three players were subsequently suspended indefinitely by the team after returning to the United States.

It was unclear how long the suspensions were to last, but LaVar Ball's statement suggests the team was not going to allow them to play until the NCAA ruled on their eligibility. If the players returned sooner, and the NCAA later decided they were ineligible, UCLA could be forced to forfeit games the players appeared in.

Ball went on to explain that he felt the players were being excessively punished for something China had already "forgiven."

"What happened to them, it's been a long enough punishment. Over there in China, they dropped the charges. OK, I think the boys have learned their lesson. Yes, they learned their lesson ... and now it's a harsher treatment over here ... China already forgave the boys, and they returned it, why else are we still manhandling them as far as keeping them from playing sports, taking their meal passes, taking their stuff where they can't practice in the facility? ... They've already been forgiven over there, so what's the big deal?"

You can see part of Ball's comments here:


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