LaVar Ball pulls son LiAngelo from UCLA after suspension, shoplifting incident, per ESPN

    LaVar (left) and LiAngelo Ball. (Left: AP Photo/John Locher, Right: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) <p>{/p}

    LaVar Ball has pulled his son LiAngelo out of school at UCLA in the wake of his suspension for his involvement in the now infamous shoplifting incident in China, according to ESPN.

    "We are exploring other options with Gelo," LaVar told ESPN, says insider Jeff Goodman. "He's out of there."

    Cody Riley, Jalen Hill and LiAngelo, brother of Los Angeles Lakers' rookie Lonzo Ball, were all suspended indefinitely after being accused of being involved in a shoplifting incident in Hangzhou during the week leading up to the Bruins' game against Georgia Tech in early November.

    LaVar reportedly took issue with the suspension because the charges against LiAngelo and his teammates were dropped, TMZ says.

    "There's no need to break down a kid's spirit for making a mistake," LaVar's camp told TMZ.

    LiAngelo and was a freshman at UCLA and has not played a game for the Bruins.

    All three players were sat for the game by head coach Steve Alford and detained in China while authorities investigated the incident. They eventually returned home after President Donald Trump said he spoke with with Chinese president Xi Jinping and asked for his help to resolve the issue.

    "This does not define who I am," LiAngelo said during a public apology with his teammates. "My family raised me better than that."

    LaVar has made headlines for clashing with Trump over the president's role in bringing home LiAngelo. However, LaVar reportedly sent Trump a pair of his company's, new Big Baller Brand "ZO2" sneakers recently.

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