LiAngelo will no longer be a student at the university and has returned home, according to TMZ.
“There’s no need to break down a kid’s spirit for making a mistake,” Lavar said in a statement, egarding his sons suspension (via ESPN). “I’m not sitting back and waiting. He wasn’t punished this bad in China… We get back over here and the consequences were even stiffer than China. So basically they’re in jail here.”
Bruin’s basketball coach Steve Alford addressed Ball’s decision, stating, “We learned today of LiAngelo Ball’s intention to withdraw from UCLA. We respect the decision he and his family have made, and we wish him all the best in the future.”
LiAngelo never had a chance to play for UCLA, as his shoplifting arrest occurred prior to the season opener. Ball, along with the other arrested teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were suspended from the first eight games of the season.
While LiAngelo has the option to transfer to another university, it is unlikely, as Lavar Ball planned to have his son eligible for the NBA Draft after just one season at UCLA. This is the second time the Ball patriarch has removed his son from school, the first being LaMelo Ball’s removal from Chino Hill High School in October, after disputes with the basketball coach.