It’s official: The President of the United States and LaVar Ball are in an all-out war of words after Donald Trump fired off a tweet Sunday morning. Trump claimed that Ball is “unaccepting of what I did for his son” and that he should have let the arrested UCLA basketball players in jail.
Trump’s tweet was a direct response to comments Ball made on ESPN shortly after the players who were arrested in China for shoplifting finally returned home. One of those players was Ball’s middle son, LiAngelo, and when ESPN asked about Trump’s involvement in getting his son home, LaVar responded, “Who? What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”
Despite the fact that all three UCLA players thanked Trump by name in a press conference last week, Trump clearly wanted to hear a similar sentiment from LaVar. He didn’t get what he wanted then, and he certainly isn’t going to get that now.
If LaVar’s track record is any indication, he’s not going to let Trump get the last word here. But so far, reactions to Trump’s tweet this morning have ranged from “oh my god what is happening” to “this is going to be amazing.”
A lot of savvy Twitter businessmen also realized how lucrative a public feud with Trump could be for Big Baller Brand. LaVar has gone after everyone from Michael Jordan, to Joel Embiid, to John Wall. You know he isn’t going to pass up an opportunity to go head-to-head with Trump. He lives for this.
Others want to see LaVar Ball vs. Donald Trump inside of a WWE ring. Both Ball and Trump have a working relationship with Vince McMahon, and both of them have appeared on WWE television in the past. WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans needs a main event. Just saying.
And lastly, a strong contingent of folks are taken aback by the absurdity of this whole ordeal. Does anybody really win in a fight between Ball and Trump? Probably not, but it’s entertaining to some extent.
This is as silly of a story as we’ll ever see, so it’s no surprise that Twitter has had such a strong reaction to it.