On Tuesday, UCLA’s former and infamous player LiAngelo Ball got to watch the Los Angeles Lakers game against the New York Knicks live from the courtside.
It’s a family affair in NYC. pic.twitter.com/HHarhZXFQk
— ESPN (@espn) December 13, 2017
Many celebrities gathered to watch the game as well, including film director Spike Lee:
LaVar Ball dapping up Spike Lee court side. 😂😂😂pic.twitter.com/VRXB7wjYRx
— The Shadow League (@ShadowLeagueTSL) December 13, 2017
Victoria Secret model Bella Hadid also made a sensation in the arena:
12/12/17: Bella Hadid watching the Lakers vs Knicks game at MSG in New York last night. pic.twitter.com/znI9Tz6p27
— Bella Hadid Updates (@BellaHadidDaily) December 13, 2017
LiAngelo, whose brother Lonzo Ball is a point guard for the Lakers, seemed to be having a nice time.
However, he had a pretty turbulent period in the past month. At the beginning of November, LiAngelo Ball got himself arrested in Hangzhou, China along with other players due to shoplifting.
Had it not been for President Trump, who persuaded Chinese President Xi to take it easy on the boys, they would have never come home safely.
One might think this would spark gratitude in LiAngelo, but that was not the case with his father at all.
On the flip side, UCLA’s thanked Trump during a press conference, including LiAngelo Ball.
On Wednesday, LiAngelo stated for a New York radio show “The Breakfast Club” that it wasn’t his intention to escalate things this far.
Furthermore, he added that he wouldn’t apologize if asked for it:
“They wanted to hear that, and he tweeted about it before my speech so I had to add him in there right before I gave it. …
My school wanted to hear it, too. Before I went up there, it was like, ‘You gotta thank him.’ I just threw him in there real quick before I gave my speech. …
If they didn’t want me to do it. … If they didn’t tell me to do it, it wouldn’t have been in there, to be honest.”
All three players involved in the incident were suspended thereafter, so LiAngelo Ball’s father, LaVar Ball, decided to pull him off the team and sign him a contract with an average Lithuanian team, where he’ll play with younger brother, LaMelo Ball.