LiAngelo & LaVar Ball Talk China, UCLA Withdrawal on the “Today Show”

By Staff  |  12/05/2017

Following the headline-grabbing decision to pull LiAngelo Ball from UCLA, the baller and his outspoken father LaVar Ball appeared on The Today Show to talk about the decision and controversy.

If you've been following the situation, LiAngelo was arrested in China in early November for shoplifting, after which UCLA chose to suspend the freshman indefinitely from sports-related activities.

While sports fans were awaiting how things would play out, his father LaVar chose to pull him to from the university instead.

The Balls essentially feel that if LiAngelo isn't playing, they are wasting their time.

"China already said, 'OK, he made a bad mistake, we're gonna drop the charges. That's the punishment they gave him, now we over here. And we gotta serve some more punishment?" LaVar said on the Today Show. "He already fessed up for what he did. He apologized. What is the long process for? We only went to UCLA -- one and done -- to play basketball."

LaVar chose to take all three of his sons out of school early. Lonzo obviously left UCLA after one year to enter the NBA; LiAngelo is now being pulled from UCLA; and in October, he pulled the youngest Ball, LaMelo, from Chino Hills High School this year to home-school him

LaVar hopes all three of his boys will play for the Lakers on day.

"I am going to get Gelo in shape," LaVar said. "I'm gonna work him out. We gonna do some other things, and he's gonna be headed to the NBA."