WASHINGTON (WJLA) — LaVar Ball may be a lot of things depending on who you ask, but one thing he can't be accused of is not keeping his word. Ball reportedly fulfilled his promise to President Donald Trump and sent him a pair of his "ZO2" sneakers from his Big Baller Brand apparel line, according to TMZ.com.
The boisterous father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball told TMZ the commander-in-chief is now officially a "big baller."
LaVar added to TMZ he shipped a pair of the sneakers, which costs $500, to the White House.
According to TMZ, the White House told them they haven't received the ZO2's yet, but will search for it.
LaVar's offer to send Trump a pair of the Big Baller Brand shoes took place during a contentious interview with CNN host Chris Cuomo. The father questioned the president's role in aiding his son LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA Bruins basketball players release from custody in China in Nov. 2017.
During the CNN interview, Ball told Cuomo that the president had "more important things to do" than to ask for his appreciation, according to the Associated Press.
LiAngelo, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were detained in China after the group was accused of shoplifting at a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou during the week leading up to the Bruins' game against Georgia Tech in Nov. 2017.
On Nov. 15, 2017, Trump urged the players to thank him and tweeted "Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!"
According to the Associated Press, LaVar was skeptical of Trump's involvement and asserted if anyone deserved credit for the players release, it was Chinese president Xi Jinping.
This drew the ire of Trump who called LaVar an "ungrateful fool" and said he (LaVar) should have been grateful to him for his son's release.
Charges were later dropped against the three players, and they were suspended indefinitely by UCLA. During a news conference at the university a few weeks ago, the players thanked Trump for his help.
Trump later tweeted a response to the players saying "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....
Continued..."your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE! Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!"