LiAngelo Ball

The three disgraced UCLA men's basketball players thanked President Trump for securing their freedom after they returned home to Los Angeles from China. LiAngelo Ball, 18, Cody Riley, 19, and Jalen Hill, 17, thanked Trump in a press conference on Wednesday.

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley

UCLA coach Steve Alford suspended the three freshmen indefinitely, saying, "They will have to earn their way back."

The players were arrested after they stole a pair of Louis Vuitton sunglasses from a high end mall next door to their Hangzhou Hyatt hotel on Nov. 7.

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley

President Trump, who arrived in China a day after the arrests, spoke to President Xi Jinping on their behalf.

Trump, who already scheduled his trip to China before the arrests, said “What they did was unfortunate."

The president spoke out on Twitter.com after the boys' return to U.S. soil on Wednesday.

"Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!"

But social media users criticized Trump for demanding gratitude from the shoplifters.

 

Critics also accused UCLA of favoritism because LiAngelo is LA Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball's younger brother. Some users noted that Riley and Hill would be expelled if Ball was not with them.

The suspensions were considered light compared to student athletes who were expelled for pulling similar criminal stunts.

"These are good young men who have exercised an inexcusable lapse of judgment, and now they have to live with that," said Alford.

 

Photos by GOME / BACKGRID

  • Malcom Flex

    All 3 look SLOW.

  • Malcom Flex

    All 3 look SLOW.

  • You Could Never

    I called this earlier. They can't issue out an apology or thanks all willy nilly.

    See "the coach said... the coach etc, the coach this" throughout all the stories. Well guess who the coach boss is? The AD (athletic director). He or she (shouts out to Deb Yow at NC State. One of the few female AD's nationally) had final say.

    I also see they are very calculated far as speech too. Had to be prepped.

  • Trump is the reason

    President Trump is the reason these idiots are in the USA......All of you
    Trump haters STFU, because you don't even know why you hate the
    man, he has done nothing more than Clinton, and both Bushes.......
    I am black and I'm tired of you ignorant blacks following the leader of
    ignorance.

  • Django the God

    Hand out some team sunglasses.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Good!!!

  • Django the God

    You know their moms proofread those speeches.

  • Django the God

    I would've done the press conference with Louis Vuitton shades on.

  • hottlanta

    Dump, where is the apology for the Central Park 5. You personally led the campaign and spent a lot of money for them to be executed and went to the media you hate so much now to talk about them like a dog.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dDnR8EaMUE

  • shell

    Shit they should have trump hats on..... 10 years in CHINESE PRISION???....They are not built for that life...

  • Evillene

    Having to thank Agent Orange in a public forum, on account of their own foolish behavior, is a degrading form of punishment. I hope they have learned a lesson -- one that should have been unnecessary.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Effective, sincere apologies!!!

  • TheOwley

    These three created a diplomatic snafu and now the next move is on UCLA. Suspension is in effect but UCLA is being watched to see what they will do for real. Is the suspension lifted when Duke rolls into town.
    These three are infected with affluenza. Joe Nobody would be in a Chinese jail eating tasty worms. Anyway, I see a bunch of Chinese 6'7" guys playing for UCLA for the next few years. Yao Min was pretty good.

  • Platoon

    The world is a stage. All scripted

  • Being bad is way more fun

    I forgive them .. All 3 are hotties .. Mr Ball is the hottest and can get it first and all dam day !!! this was a stunt to get Mr Ball out of collage and into the pros early this is why the father says its no big deal but I know he tore into his son or will do once all the cameras leave !!!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Now this is the absolute truth!!! They are not built for that Chinese Prison Life... I'd give them six months and all three would be shipped home in pine boxes...

  • Malcom Flex

    LOL

  • Quitedeliteful

    LMBAOFFFF!!!!!!!!

  • MsPam

    Does your health care include getting your eyes checked annually?!

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!1

  • Quitedeliteful

    the father says its no big deal but I know he tore into his son or will do once all the cameras leave !!!!!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Hearing his father rant and rave will be worse than any punishment the Chinese could give him...

  • bella28498 .

    They should be thankful, if he didn't help ni99as would be mad but they had an alternative option do 10 years. They chose to thank trump, if they didn't steal in the first place they would've never had to eat crow. Thee end.

  • xenaD

    Suspended indefinitely?? They told me this about my drivers license... I paid 50 bucks and it was good to go!! So maybe they can pay. Idfk but they need to stop stealing

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    They should have been expelled for sure. I've seen college athletes get expelled for way less than this.

  • dontgetblocked

    President Trump has a right to demand a thank you. He's nicer than me. I would have let them rot in jail for a few weeks. UCLA knows they should be expelled. I have no respect for anyone involved in saving their azzes including Jack Ma...the Chinese version of Jeff Bezos...Amazon founder aka the richest man in the world. Buy you some Alibaba stock now.

  • klwbaby

    They don't look like they are built for juvenile detention in America so they for sure would not last in a Chinese prison.

  • klwbaby

    If they are there on a basketball scholarship and since they can't play on the team, I thought the school is mandated to kick them out.

  • Django the God

    They gone be on honor roll now.

  • pure_rachet

    Yes! and Ball is the slowest by far. His pronunciation is terrible. How did they all get into UCLA?

  • pure_rachet

    I need to know which one of these challenged men actually stole the glasses.

  • Dee AKA

    Shiiiidddd you aint never lie! Just like that kid that was arrested for stealing that poster in Korea.

  • ?Royalty?

    ???

  • http://www.Samanthagwrites.com Samantha G.

    Just dumb. Now they got this orange fool thinking he did something worthy of anything besides a sound bite. Please. How stupid can you be to go to another country to steal?? Them being young adults isn’t a good enough excuse. They’re fools.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Bragging... fawk it gloating about getting some thieves off... type of shyt is that ...?

  • JRock

    Wait a minute. Is the pot calling the kettle? You're following a 2 year old in the white house that has ADD (attention deficit disorder and a whole bunch of other psychological issues for which he needs a friggin' babysitter to put his thumb in his mouth and give him his ba ba. Who does that? The man has the mentality of a 2 year old.

    Oh you can come for me if you wish before you go night night and put your thumb in your mouth but I just dropped the mike so I won't be reading your ignorant reply nor will I respond to it.
    He is the absolute worst president EVER and all of the monikers listed below totally apply to him.

    Adolf Twitler
    Agent Orange
    The Angry Creamsicle
    Barbecued Brutus
    Benedict Donald
    Boss Tweet
    Bratman
    Cheeto Benito
    Cheeto-In-Chief
    The Combover Con Artist (I really like this one)
    Comrade Cheetolino
    Creep Throat (he does sound creepy when he talks)
    Crown Prince of Politwits
    Darth Hater
    Donald Chump
    Donnie Bratso
    Donnie TicTac
    Draft Dodger Don (love it)
    Dumbelldore (love it even more)
    The Fanta Fascist
    The Fraud of Fifth Avenue (whoa, now you're talking)
    Fuckface Von Clownstick (LOL)
    Genghis Can’t (LMAO)
    The Golden Wrecking Ball
    The Great White Dope (you ain't never lied about that)
    Hair Furher
    The Human Tanning Bed Warning Label (just fell off the chair laughing so hard)
    The Infuriator
    Last Of The Mango Mohawkans (not orange mango?)
    Little Lady Fingers (bitch ass don't even have man sized fingers)
    King Leer
    The Lone DeRanger (that's him)
    The Lyin King (definitely him)
    Macho McGrump
    Mango Mussolini
    President Gold Man Sucks
    President If-Urine-You’re-In
    President Rancid Velveeta
    Prima Donald
    Pudgy McTrumpcake (who he calling fat that fat piece of shit)
    Putin’s Papaya-Flavored Pawn
    Short-Fingered Vulgarian (think dinosaurs with short arms and fingers)
    Sir Sissypants
    The Talking Yam
    Tangerine Tornado
    Tie-Coon
    Trumplethinskin
    Trumpty Dumpty
    Vanilla ISIS
    The White Pride Piper

  • Missy

    ...& he later died. Chiiiile...

  • Well$$Well$$?

    He got his thank you but I'm sure that's not going to be good enough. He'll be tweeting at 3am about how they didn't kiss his feet and bow to him. ?

  • Missy

    Ol twitta fangas aint eem gib em tyme for a thank u. Damn.???

  • Freeriah

    Where is Lavar Ball? I have never known him to be so quiet.

  • Freeriah

    Privileged fools at that.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    He's in Asia opening Big Baller Brand pop up shops. He only cares about the money.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I? can’t feel sorry for them stealing shyt I’m sorry do better

  • Freeriah

    Lol. But his son shamed him real bad. He acted like he was for all of his sons succeeding. Shouldn’t he address the bad as he does the good?

  • Omandesert

    We have to do better raising our black children. Integrity and credibility should be prioritized. Not the love of money and materialism. Wow! How humiliating.

  • imright

    “LiAngelo” ?????

  • Dainese

    They said there was surveillance video. Waiting for it to drop. Haven't seen it anywhere.

  • Dainese

    Lmao.Probably wouldn't have said 'thank you', either.

  • JRock

    I told my son just before this happened that daddy Lavar Ball was going to be the downfall of his sons. Then when I saw he was out hocking stuff in another country while his son was locked up, I said I called it. This man only cares about money and his sons will fall because of him. They all appear to be brainwashed like the Jackson boys were by Joe.

  • JRock

    Real slow.

  • V Dubb

    Little thieving asses. Put em in jail over here.

  • Bonita Johnson

    Trump just swiping his black card...and when it was declined, he had to try again ..? ..#heneedsmoreBlackpeople ?..and thanks to these idiots he gained three.

  • CookieMobster

    If that were my son he would be facing some serious consequences for his actions. I don't care if he is half grown and away in college. His butt would be back home playing hoops in the driveway and going to southern crescent junior college or something. But my son is a good and respectable young man who knows what's right and follows the way his father and I have taught him. And I am so very thankful for that.
    I have to brag for just a second. The owner of my company recently had a chance to meet my teenage son. A couple of days later he came in my office and told me that he thought my son was an impressive and articulate young man. That made me so very proud. The Lord truly blessed me with that boy!!!!!!!!

  • Missy

    Thats wassup??

  • Bonsai

    All this over some d*mn glasses. This country is backwards.

  • I Run New York

    They sure aren't. Look what happened to that poor student who stole the poster in Korea.

  • Jack Blakk

    They did a press conference! Stupid.

  • wonderwoman

    Wait until they lose 3 or 4 in a row, those suspensions will be lifted.

  • PhillyFacts

    I wonder if Trump can call the president's of the credit bureaus so I can have all my debt erased.

  • Anunnaki

    Pat ya self momma, and daddy. Makes me feel good to hear hear such things. I’m a proud mom as well

  • Scromes1212

    They make them sit out the whole season then they should sue the NCAA. They weren't convicted of a crime. But I doubt they sit out for to long. UCLA knows Ball is one and done. They don't get him on the court this season and It's a rap, he's gone.

  • Ms Thang

    He said that it's not a big deal

  • NeverSurprised

    These dimwits-sharing-one-brain stole from THREE stores, not one. And after they were arrested, they posted bail of $2200.00 so it’s not like they couldn’t AFFORD to pay for the sunglasses.

    “...the players stole from three stores, were arrested and posted bail of about $2,200.”

    They should have to forfeit their scholarships for the period they are not playing. PLEASE STOP CODDLING THESE GROWN ASSED BLACK MEN WHO THINK THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO BREAK LAWS AT WILL. When they are given opportunities that millions of others would kill for, and STILL insist upon throwing their lives away, LET THEM FEND FOR THEzmSzELVES.

    Black men can’t grow into responsible adults because everyone insists upon treating them like perpetual children, forever bailing them out of every situation THEY get themselves into. NO MORETUITION UNLESS AND UNTIL THEY EARN THEIR WAY BACK ONTO THE TEAM. There are millions of deserving black kids who can’t afford college. Give that tuition money to them, not to thieves.

  • NeverSurprised

    Unfortunately, they are emulating the “values” they see exhibited by wealthy young black entertainers. They have absolutely no understanding of right or wrong. All of the people they idolize have been to jail multiple times, so they don’t believe crime is wrong.

  • NeverSurprised

    They stole from three different stores, so perhaps each one stole an item.

  • NeverSurprised

    I doubt the Chinese government will release it.

  • NeverSurprised

    I think President Trump knows what they did was wrong, but they are Americans, so he would never have left the country without at least making an effort to get them freed. He would never let young Americans rot in a foreign jail if he thought he could intercede.

    I agree they should be expelled and they absolutely should have their scholarships revoked while they are sitting out. Those little cretins stole that merchandise while they had $2,200. in cash on them. They did it just for the hell of it. Disgusting.

  • NeverSurprised

    Or at a minimum revoke their scholarships while they aren’t playing.

  • NeverSurprised

    You are tew merch.???

  • EMILY POST

    How are you going to get caught stealing and have a Press Conference??? Only in dumbass America...
    The American Media is sooo Unbelievably Awful.

  • NeverSurprised

    Wouldn’t have lasted 10 months, let alone 10 years.

  • NeverSurprised

    Sorghum syrup slow.

  • NeverSurprised

    Uhhh, ATHLETIC scholarships. Those boys could be incapable of writing their own names and it wouldn’t matter, so long as they can land a shot.

  • R in NYC

    F*** Trump.

  • NeverSurprised

    Typical Day in a Communist Chinese Prison, as described by Harry Wu, who spent 19 years in a Laogai camp. Laogai means to “Reform Through Labor”. Note that Chinese prison camps are WORK camps:

    * 5: 30 a.m. wake up
    * 6:00 a.m. breakfast in barracks — corn gruel and cornbread
    *.7:00 a.m. taken to worksite and work day begins

    * lunchtime - large tub of vegetable soup, two hunks of cornbread for each prisoner, and a large tub of drinking water are wheeled to worksite

    * After lunch, work resumes
    * 6:30pm return to barracks
    * Dinner - cornbread, corn gruel, and vegetable soup
    * 7:30 p.m. - 2-hour study period begins
    * 9:30 p.m., no matter what the weather, all prisoners gather outside for roll call and a speech from the captain
    * 10:00 p.m. - bed.

    * At night - no lights allowed, no one is allowed to move about. One must remain in one’s assigned sleeping place until 5:30 a.m. the next morning, when the whole cycle begins again.

    Wu and other prisoners also describe the many insects in the prisons:
    * bedbugs - so numerous they sometimes moved in swarms, leaving welts that caused itching so severe some inmates scratched their skin raw.

    * lice - some prisoners were known to EAT them to supplement their meager diet

    * The prisoner Zhang Xianliang wrote that "the parasites on a single inmate's underpants would be as numerous as the words on the front page of a newspaper". He noted fleas would be so numerous that they would "turn his quilt purplish black with their droppings"

    * Roundworms were also a common threat to the prisoners' health, especially in laogai farms, where human excrement was used as fertilizer.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laogai

    On May 7, 2012, Al Jezeera English was expelled from China for writing about its prison system.

  • XoXo

    Right! And they are all in their teens. Ridiculous!

  • XoXo

    So...you mean to tell me that no one in their teens made stupid mistakes? Wow! How quick we forget. If China let them go, then it's over!!!

  • Pamela

    I bet because THEY ARE SLOW. Who steals from THREE different stores in a friggin foreign, ASIAN country?

  • NeverSurprised

    When the populace refuses to educate themselves, the media can shape their opinions, put thoughts into their empty heads.

  • ALLMINE?

    i would have known better lmao

  • ALLMINE?

    Thats coon talk.. lmao. be careful what u say haha

  • ALLMINE?

    America is supposed to be racist and against black folks..

  • ALLMINE?

    there is no "BLM" in China or in africa . lmao
    .

  • Armymom20

    or my mortgage company so I can pay this mortgage off.

  • darealwifey

    They did the right thing by holding a press conference because this was an international scandal. They were invited to China to play a goodwill game, and these guys sullied that experience. Hopefully, the media and public will allow them to move forward now. Stuff happens. They are young, but this could have turned so bad if China had decided to keep them and put them in prison. They aren't going to get any cable tv, internet and commissary in China. And I guarantee being black in a prison full of Chinese men who aren't familiar with black people would've been it's own unique punishment.

  • SpillyNillie

    I wonder what their moms said...I think I would just stare at mine for about an hour and half before lighting his ass up!

  • bemetoo

    Trump trying to gain brownie points

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    How is the NCAA "prostituting" them? The NCAA paid for the trip. It's exposure for them as players and an opportunity to see and learn a different culture. It's also an opportunity to forge relationships whether in business, sports, whatever. This was an opportunity to show some class as a young adult and they used it to steal...

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    So true and well stated!

  • Karen Brady

    LMAO

  • Jen_no_juice

    I would've just tweeted a "Thanks"

  • Jen_no_juice

    Smh. You truly don't get it. So sad

  • shun king

    and black folks over here in the comfort zone rather they dealt with all that than Trump helping them out

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Trump wants all this praise but Jack Ma helped as well... You dont see him trying to get a pat on the back from others. Lonzo Ball probably prayed over the belt before getting at LiAngelo (I hate that name) smh. Its such an embarrassment...

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I agree...My country is like that one girl in high school thats popular but runs her mouth too much. We always expose everything and anything if its salacious....

  • free

    awwwwww shyt!!!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    When you do someone a good deed, you diminish yourself a bit by patting yourself on the back and publicly asking them to thank you.

    Most normal, decent people understand that. Then again, Trump isn't known for being a normal or decent person, so...

  • sunni_daze

    I guess I believe it now, Trump got them out. They still stupid as hell though and goood for UCLA for suspending them.

  • free

    why do they keep saying alleged? they stole or nah?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    They stole from 3 stores. Got caught on camera, and they admitted it...
    "Ball, the highest-profile player involved, said: “I’d like to start off by saying sorry for stealing from the stores in China. I’m a young man, but it’s not an excuse for making a really stupid decision.”
    The team said the players had stolen from three stores, not just one as originally reported."
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/15/sports/ucla-liangelo-ball-suspended.html?_r=0

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Teens do a lot of things that are stupid but not illegal.

  • free

    AWWWWW DAMN!!! maaannnn, i don't have an ounce of sorry in me for these dudes. at the very least, they should be benched for the season. that's at the very least.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    What are you talking about?
    I bet it was a dare and someone took the bait.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    But, but shaun king was bragging a couple of weeks ago how fortunate that LaVar Ball's sons were to have a father in the household.

    I guess that didn't work out too well.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    America is racist.
    White people only pretend to like black athletes because these athletes make them wealthy.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I wouldn't have been mad if they had gotten 10 years.
    Speak for yourself.

  • shalynneb1

    I truly think it was Jack Ma that did all the work. He got all the charges dropped as well and they are allowed to come back to China too. Donald Trump doesn't have that type of pull in China.

  • Elevated Soul

    Hopefully they wont be called derogatory names by their left peer sect because they rightfully "thanked" President Trump....

    President Trump said the following on Twitter this morning:.. {"To the three UCLA basketball players I say:You're welcome,go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE!Be careful,there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!"}

    President Trump is a real leader and he's awesome in my opinion!

  • Dowoop

    They are pbly laughing at Trump in China.

  • Elevated Soul

    My question to any of you is: Have you heard mainstream news speak on this issue.?If not, Ask yourself,why is that?

    If you haven't, then you have an idea why many refer to mainstream news as fake news. This was an international incident that should be reported.

  • Elevated Soul

    I bet those thieves aren't saying fvck President Trump because in the end, BLM fools like you can't and didn't do shyt for them!!!!!!!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    What are you talking about??? This was reported all over the mainstream media. CNN, NBC, NYTimes, etc,??
    You really need to free your mind from that Trump-slave mentality you have.

  • chris

    Dam remember that football player that was arrested over some bull in China that Obama did absolutely nothing about. I do

  • chris

    Glad they got free. Feels good to see us get special treatment for once. Hope they don't let us down again good luck.

  • pure_rachet

    I was being sarcastic but it is still college while these 3 boys should still be in third grade.

  • EMILY POST

    An opportunity is that how they are selling what they are doing and making them into circus animals when they are at a school with on a quarter system. They are not professional players they should not be playing in communist China anyway. Due to this liberal global prostitution ring of exploiting people for others benefit to beg and be super greedy. While the young adults are not getting an education and let them get hurt they are kicked to the curb but their being used as show ponies.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Grabbing the wrong size underwear off the shelf at Walmart is a mistake.
    An 18 year old man who steals other people's stuff didn't make a "mistake". He' made a bad decision (which probably shows bad character), but lets not minimize this by calling it a "mistake".

  • ALLMINE?

    it was a joke

  • Alicia.Ashe

    CLOWN

  • ALLMINE?

    awwee

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Clown

  • Waya Hedia

    "us"? Were you there? Are you one of these players?

  • NeverSurprised

    I cannot believe that some black people are so uninformed that they don’t even recognize the HELLISH existence President Trump saved these boys from:

    12 hour work days, nothing to eat but cornbread, corn gruel, soup and water, with meat dumplings provided only 3 to 4 rimes a year on Chinese holidays.

    Insect infestation in the barracks so bad that some prisoners scratch their skin raw from the bedbugs and others are so hungry they eat the lice. In bed at 10 pm every night and not permitted to rise from those beds until 5am the next morning. No tv, no gyms, no phone calls, no special treatment for minors — nothing but hard labor and hunger.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laogai

    He made an effort to SAVE them from that life. Have black people become so devoid of HUMAN decency that you can’t even acknowledge that? No wonder some of you will never rise above your present circumstances. You have allowed the white media to strip you of your souls (and your intellect).

  • NeverSurprised

    And had at least $2,200 in cash on them at the time the decided to steal because they used it to make bail.

  • NeverSurprised

    Actually, they are laughing at black Americans, and shaking their heads in disbelief. Asians place the highest importance on honor. For them, to steal is to dishonest ones family, ones name. In this instance they see three BLACK men who also dishonored their country. They already believed blacks were a mongrel race, now they can say “See, I told you so.”

  • chris

    I don't answer stupid questions.

  • NeverSurprised

    Lol. We could live three lifetimes and the thought of doing something like that would never even cross my son’s mind. If he was with a friend who suggested it, my son would hightail it out of that store faster than speedy Gonzalez. His fear of my anger far exceeds his fear of any governmental authority. Even at 24, his ass would be trembling at the thought of even telling me what his FRIEND had done.

  • TOO REAL

    GTFOH WITH THAT LYING B.S. THIS MAN COULDN'T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT A BLACK OR BI-RACIAL MAN. YOU ARE THE IDIOT OR ARE YOU ONE OF ASS KISSING WORKERS? TELL ME HOW THE HELL HE GOT THEM FREE BUT COULDN'T GET THE CHINA PRESIDENT TO AGREE WITH HIM ON S. KOREA. BUT YET LIED AND HE SAID HE DID. YOU CAN'T BELIEVE A DAMN WORD OUT OF THIS FAMILY'S MOUTH.

  • TOO REAL

    sorry what us? Just because they are black does not make it an us. That's why we get hell when black people do bad things because we always want to claim black instead of RIGHT.

  • TOO REAL

    Prove Trump did something you damn idiot.

  • TOO REAL

    How nice a white trump person has a black profile picture. Most people are not that stupid to believe you or your profile pictures. SIT IT DOWN AND STFU

  • Waya Hedia

    right.. because you aren't one of them. But here you are, aligning yourself with classless assholes who chose to steal from a country they were visiting. Your burden. Unnecessary.

  • chris

    Making a public request is something you moron. Now, prove Obama helped.

  • NeverSurprised

    Honestly, people with limited public educations are so tiresome. *yawn*

    He negotiated their freedom, hun. If you had completed the fourth grade, you would realize that there is far more at stake for the Chinese government in their relationship with N. Korea than there is in the release of three black men whom the Chinese see as nothing more than thieving mongrel dogs. So it was a task that the PRESIDENT was able to swiftly accomplish, as the thieves themselves and their SCHOOL both acknowledge.

    Just because your attorney has never been able to negotiate a release deal for you any of the countless times YOU’VE been arrested, that doesn’t mean that the LEADER OF THE MOST POWERFUL NATION IN THE FREE WORLD wasn’t able to do so for these young men.

    Now I’ll you get back to your chosen profession. After all, those toilets aren’t going to clean themselves are they. Have a good day, hun.

  • Pnthr

    ????

  • Simone

    You are speaking the 100% truth. The Democrat Party, with the media as their mouthpiece, has stripped most Black Democrats of their morals and soul. Both White and Black Democrat politicians and so-called activists have become wealthy off of Black people's pain and suffering that Democrats politicians have caused. It's a never-ending cycle. They want us to be poor, hopeless and feel like we can never succeed and prosper because of the system, our circumstances or the phantom Republican White Man is holding you back. That thinking is poisonous. I am so proud I got off of that Democrat Party Plantation a long time ago. I don't think being a forever-victim is an honor. I think for myself. And yes, President Trump saved these 3 UCLA b-ball players from a hellish end-result in China.

  • NeverSurprised

    Preach!

  • Renee26

    Ion care about these boys or what they did; a thief can't be trusted

    I have to side eye any apology that is written down and read...when you are truly sorry there's no script needed...it comes from the heart

  • Renee26

    Nobody told them to go stealing...I don't feel sorry for them at all and I'm not relieved either because I think people should be responsible for their actions good and bad

  • NeverSurprised

    Don’t get me wrong, I have zero sympathy for them. But I don’t even want CHINESE prisoners to have to endure the Laogai system, much less American teens. It is in humane to force anyone to suffer that torture for years on end, so I’m glad he got them released, but I think their punishment should be the revocation of their scholarships and expulsion from the NCAA. They should not be permitted to play for any college team again.

  • NeverSurprised

    Agree re: the apology.

  • NeverSurprised

    The proof is that both the thieves and their school thanked the president for his efforts in securing their freedom. If he did nothing then why are they all thanking him?

  • AriesSun

    Do you believe that everyone participated in theft as a teen? While you may relate to this story,many people don't.You shouldn't make excuses for these students.

  • AriesSun

    ??

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    They should apologize to China and thank Orange Tang for his services.... I hope they were raised better than that, but then again they are lifting luxury goods so...... But at the same time if Trump was gonna be butt hurt about thank you cards and then he should have kept his get outta jail free cards for someone else.

  • bella28498 .

    I wouldn't have been mad either, but that wasn't my point. The point is the president helped them and they should be thankful. The people mad because they thanked Trump need to stfu because the only other option was 10 years.

  • sha35

    so why would he allow j. hud and her surviving family members to live in trump toers for free after her mother and brother were killed. Why would he been awarded a civil rights medal by muhammad ali

  • sha35

    well he had rosa park, muhammad ali j hud lol

  • R in NYC

    First of all you don't know me to dare form your pea brain think anything if me.
    Second of all....go f**k yourself and stop swinging from Trump's nutz.
    That is all.
    Bye Felicia.

    They give any twit internet access.

  • R in NYC

    And also once again...
    F**k Trump and all his mindless supporters.

  • Renee26

    I agree 100%

  • Simone

    Thank you and so true! As the great Booker T. Washington said their jobs (money) are in the grievances. The Democrat Party and the so-called Democratic Black Civil Rights Activist, who are really race-baiters like Rev. Al Sharpton, would be out of a job if they told the truth about the Democrat Party destroying Black families, communities and schools. They don't want to uplift Black people. They want us to be dependents and thereby lifelong dependents on them. I pray that Black people will wake up!

  • XoXo

    I meant they made a bad decision. Dayum calm the fck down. Wow, folks on here ready to go in attack mode.

  • XoXo

    Bless your heart. Honey, are you having a bad day? I meant to state they made a bad decision.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Oh, please . Nobody's in "attack mode".
    You're the one who needs to calm it down, taking stuff all personal. People are just posting their opinion .

  • Omandesert

    Sixty years ago these three black men would have been seated in the back of a bus. They would have longed for an opportunity to prove themselves of being equal if given the chance. The reality is, people lost their lives for these three idiots to shit on the universal blessing bestowed upon them. Do you remember not to long ago there was a civil rights movement? These boys (not men) had a choice to be great by their talents and the choices they make. The coons were these three ignorant negros embarrassing their county, culture, family and themselves over a pair of sunglasses they obviously couldn't afford and a company (LV) that doesn't contribute one earned dime to people of their melanin in this country (if you can, read their annual report). Coin? These three idiots were the coon, not me because of my comment. Trump should have left their asses is a China prison.

  • ALLMINE?

    it was sarcasm.. black folks call everybody coons ..

  • ronbro

    Absolutely correct. These young morons were there representing our country and have only shamed us and cast us in a negative way. They should have served some time first then be released based on their humble behavior in prison. The father of one of these ingrates spoke out against Trump and claimed that he would have thanked the President if they would have been brought over on Air Force One! What the heck? They need now a VIP ride on Air Force One for spending a few days in China for shoplifting?