LaVar Ball Pulls Son LiAngelo Out of UCLA

By MCNS Staff

LiAngelo Ball

LiAngelo Ball

LaVar Ball told espn.com that he has pulled his son, LiAngelo, from UCLA and its basketball program before he played even one game.

“We are exploring other options with Gelo,” LaVar Ball said. “He’s out of there.”

The news was first reported by TMZ.com.

A freshman and the middle son of LaVar, LiAngelo Ball was one of three student athletes who were arrested and detained in China for a shoplifting incident that sparked international attention. They were suspended indefinitely by the school following the incident.

“I’m not sitting back and waiting,” LaVar Ball told ESPN. “He wasn’t punished this bad in China.”

The elder Ball had previously stated that LiAngelo would only stay at UCLA for one season, even if he wasn’t a projected draft pick. His older brother Lonzo played one season there before being drafted No. 2 by the LA Lakers.

“He’s not transferring to another school,” he told ESPN. “The plan is now to get Gelo ready for the NBA draft.”

“I’m going to make him way better for the draft than UCLA ever could have,” LaVar Ball said.

According to national reports, the three players are subject to review for violating the university’s Student Conduct Code, which includes a section on theft.

The players’ indefinite suspensions include not being allowed to suit up, practice or take team trips with the Bruins.

“We get back over here and the consequences were even stiffer than China. So basically they’re in jail here,” LaVar Ball has said of the suspension.

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