The NCAA president wants the NBA to eliminate that rule so students stop "using" colleges to play one year of basketball, so his issue with the Ball family likely has more to do with that. But this is unchartered territory for two young basketball players, and it could end up backfiring on them if they don't make the right move.
Ball explained that he pulled his son off the team because the punishment had already gone on long enough and it wasn't clear when his son would be able to play again.
UCLA freshman basketball players, from left, Cody Riley, LiAngelo Ball and Jalen Hill appear at Wednesday's press conference at UCLA before reading statements and apologizing for their shoplifting arrests last week in China.
Ball drew the most attention in the incident because of his zany family who is always causing an uproar in the sports world. This national story grew with the intervention of Trump and Liangelo's father.
After receiving Trump's help in returning the three players back home, Ball's father, Lavar Ball, did not mince his words.
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Asked Tuesday how Ball, who did not appear in a single game for UCLA, projects as an National Basketball Association prospect, Alford said he had "no idea on that".
LaVar Ball recently pulled LiAngelo Ball from UCLA after he was suspended indefinitely. In a new interview with TODAY, Ball said that his stay in China's jail was "horrible".
Emmert has spoken out on numerous occasions over the years against the NBA's age limit, which requires players to either be 19 years old when they declare for the NBA Draft or have played at least one season of college ball. Photo from Twitter: @realDonaldTrump. "Just think." Trump tweeted, leading into a second tweet. "It's just you and all of the officers, and they don't speak English".
The father of UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball says he's withdrawing his son from school so he can prepare to play in the National Basketball Association.
Ball, Hill and Riley publicly apologized for their transgression while reading prepared statements at a campus news conference on November 15.
"We all went out one night, went to the malls, went to the Louis Vuitton store and, uh, people started taking stuff, and then, you know, me just not thinking and being with them, I took something too".