LaVar Ball reportedly pulls son LiAngelo Ball from UCLA

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"We're young men, however, it's not an excuse for making a really stupid decision", LiAngelo said in what was his only official appearance in front of media as a UCLA basketball player.

LaVar Ball said LiAngelo Ball "wasn't punished this bad in China".

Ball was serving an indefinite suspension, along with Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, after being caught shoplifting from multiple high-end retail outlets while on the team's overseas trip to China. After pleas by President Donald Trump and the US State Department, Ball, and two other freshmen players at UCLA, were allowed to leave the country, and had the charges dismissed.

A reason LiAngelo Ball was on the UCLA roster was due to his older brother, Lonzo, starring there past year, and because his five-star recruit younger brother, LaMelo, is slated to go there in 2019. "I'm not going to let him sit back and not practice". But even without a landing spot, Lavar feels he can prepare LiAngelo for the National Basketball Association better than a college team can.

LaVar Ball told ESPN they exploring their options on where LiAngelo Ball will play next.

Meanwhile the oldest Ball brother, Lonzo, 20, is struggling during his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 8.7 points, on 31.3 percent shooting from the field, and seven assists per game.

The announcement comes just two months after Ball chose to pull his other son, LaMelo, out of Chino Hills High School.

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