The recent arrest of LiAngelo Ball and other UCLA players in China for shoplifting has brought to the attention the insane polarization of this country and how even our common courtesy towards one another is dictated and driven by our political climate.
As most of you are aware, President Trump intervened on behalf of these college hoodlums that were arrested for shoplifting in a country whose laws are far more strict than our own. These kids should have been rotting in a jail cell awaiting trial for their flippant disregard and disrespect for the laws of a country they were invited to visit as ambassadors for NCAA Basketball and UCLA, yet our President Donald Trump interceded on behalf of these athletes to bring them home.
LiAngelo Ball has subsequently withdrawn from UCLA to pursue his basketball dream in Lithuania due to the fact that UCLA indefinitely suspended him for his egregious actions while representing the university. LiAngelo then further states that the ONLY reason that he thanked President Trump for intervening and saving his sorry butt was because UCLA made him do it. He also claimed that the only reason he shoplifted was because the other two were doing it. This kid has no regard for any rules and has no common decency in life. He cannot take any responsibility for any of his own actions and continues to disrespect the very people who saved him from a very difficult self caused imprisonment in a foreign jail! He should rightfully still be sitting there!
I do not care if you agree or disagree with President Trump politically, he saved this kids future.
THANK HIM and MEAN IT!!!
If we cannot be gracious for something this significant due to political differences then we are doomed as a society.
What in the world has LaVar and Tina Ball taught their children? The Ball family does not believe that rules apply to them, that they are better than everyone else and therefore do not need to follow them.
Social order is built on just that… ORDER. Rules help create order.
My fear is this… MY CHILDREN.
I have worked hard to teach my children gratitude, integrity, honor, respect, ethics, morals and hard work. None of which the Ball boys possess. Yet these athletes by the sheer grace of God have been given the opportunity to play ball and have millions of kids look up to them as role models. (LaMelo Ball has over 2 million Instagram followers)
These are NOT role models! These are hoodlums! These kids represent the opposite of everything I have worked so hard as a parent to teach my children. Sadly I hear from my son, “but dad, he is good ball player” I DON’T CARE if they are the best players on the planet (which they are most definitely not!) , they are horrific examples for my children.
Sadly, too many parents will pay homage to them by purchasing the merchandise their father peddles from one conflict to the other as his boys and him are so good at causing.
As a parent, I choose to fight for the soul of my children and encourage them to support decent role models who deserve to have kids look up to them off the field before I let them talk about their play on the field.