Donald Trump Calls LaVar Ball “A Poor Man’s Don King. Without The Hair”

Written by Chris Chavez at SI.com

President Donald Trump continued his war of words against LaVar Ball on Wednesday morning by calling him an “ungrateful foot” and “a poor man’s version of Don King.”

Ball went on CNN to discuss the president’s role in helping release his son, LiAngelo Ball, and two other UCLA basketball players from detention in China over a shoplifting charge. Ball questioned Trump’s involvement in resolving the issue and said that he had nothing to be thankful from the president.

Trump tweeted: “It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think…..LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!”

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested for shoplifting in Hangzhou before a game against Georgia Tech in a tournament. Trump was on his own trip to China and says he discussed the players’ status with Chinese president Xi Jinping. They returned to Los Angeles last week and apologized for their actions in a news conference. All three players and head coach Steve Alford thanked Trump for aiding in their release. They have been suspended indefinitely from the team.

LaVar Ball was asked about Trump’s role in LiAngelo’s release and responded by saying, “Who? What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.” Trump followed that up by saying he should have left the three players in jail and the Ball to CNN.

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LaVar Ball vs Donald Trump Is Modern Day Theatre

Written by Kyle Boone and Pete Blackburn at CBS Sports.com

LaVar Ball went on national television Monday night to rebut President Donald Trump and the tweet storm he brewed up on Sunday when the commander-in-chief called Ball ungrateful for his efforts in getting his shoplifting son back from China to the U.S. It was as predictably off-the-rails as you might have expected.

Ball and CNN host Chris Cuomo hit on a number of topics, but the discussion hit a pile of mud and slowed to a crawl when Cuomo brought up gratitude and ragged on LaVar’s decision to not show gratitude to the president for his efforts in assisting his son, LiAngelo. From there, things got completely sideways.

Ball refused to say thank you to Trump earlier this week and even went so far as to ask, “Who?” when asked about Trump’s involvement in the UCLA saga. He again refused to say thank you on Monday night and insisted that Trump could have done more to resolve the issue in expediting the matter. “What did he do for me?” said LaVar, adding that after 18 years, LiAngelo has earned a pass for his behavior in China.

In the end, LaVar downplayed a feud with the president and challenged the notion that he’s picking fights with “the most powerful man in the world.” He also got in a few good sales pitches for Big Baller Brand, for good measure.

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Trump Says “It’s About Time” that Roger Goodell Demands Players Stand for Anthem

Written by Scooby Axson at SI.com

President Donald Trump continued his almost daily social media commentary on the National Football League and the issue of player protests implying that NFL Commissioner is demanding that players stand for the anthem.

Trump tweeted on Wednesday “It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY.”

Goodell hasn’t demanded anything of the players, but said that he thinks “everyone should stand for the National Anthem.”

The NFL said in a statement that Trump statement in the tweet is “not accurate.”

“The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together,” the league said.

Goodell has said that the protests concerning the anthem are “threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.”

“We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues,” Goodell said in a memo. “The controversy over the anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”

The NFL’s owners are set to meet next week to discuss the issue.

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Trump Offers His Opinion On DeShaun Watson

Written by Ryan Wilson at CBS Sports.com

President Donald Trump welcomed Clemson to the White House on Monday to celebrate the Tigers’ victory over Alabama in January’s national title game. During the ceremony, Trump even offered up a scouting report on former Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was drafted 12th overall by the Houston Texans in the 2017 NFL Draft.

“He’s going to be a great NFL player,” Trump said, adding:

“Offensive MVP, quarterback Deshaun Watson, took some very, very hard hits (against Alabama). But he never rattled,” Trump said. “He’s great under pressure. I’ve seen that, I’ve heard that. He always got right back up. And he fought, and he fought, and he kept winning. Now he’ll bring that toughness together to the Houston Texans.”

The Texans certainly hope so. The Brock Osweiler Experience couldn’t have gone worse and the team jumpstarted their search for a franchise quarterback after just one season.

Meanwhile, Trump, who is friends with Tom Brady, has a mixed record when it comes to evaluating NFL talent. Back in May 2013, here’s what he said about former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow:

Tebow remains out of the NFL.

As for Watson, Texans coach Bill O’Brien is trying not to complicate things. “Show up every day and get better. Simple as that,” O’Brien said last month, via ESPN.com. “Every single day, improve on the things that you need to improve on. There’s always going to be something, whether it’s a playcall or footwork or some type of decision at the line of scrimmage, that maybe you made a mistake on the day before or answered a question wrong in the meeting or whatever it is, let’s fix that. Let’s get better every single day. It’s a progress league. It’s about improvement every single day.”

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Tebow Not To Speak at RNC


Update from yesterday’s story:

Tim Tebow will not be speaking at the RNC, as we reported yesterday. Tebow, who had just returned from Phillipeans, posted a video on his personal Facebook account, claiming that he had no knowledge of his involvement with the Republican National Convention. In the video Tebow was quoted saying

“I wake up this morning to find out I’m speaking at the Republican National Convention,” said Tebow, who added he had just returned from a mission trip in the Phillippines. “It’s amazing how fast rumors fly. And that’s exactly what this is: a rumor.”

Tebow was one of the most recognizable names on the list of speakers in Cleveland, and many assumed that he would speak, given his conservative beliefs and his known interest in politics. He speaks on this in the video saying:

“My goal has always been to be able to make a difference in the biggest way possible. If one day, it’s the political realm, that’s what I’ll do. But right now, I really believe that it’s through my foundation and our amazing partners and fighting for kids who can’t fight for themselves.”

Tebow was reported to be a speaker on Thursday by the New York Times, and then confirmed by Republican and Trump officials.

This could be two things. 1: It could be another fabricated name in the long line of Trump speakers (see Tom Brady and Bobby Knight) and simply was reported wrongly, or 2: Tebow saw the negative press from associating his name with Trump and decided to pull out of the convention. Either way, the Florida product will not be speaking in Cleveland.

Fear not though, as two other sports figures will be in Cleveland on the 18th, as UFC President, and famed businessman, Dana White, and professional golfer, Natalie Gulbis, will both be speaking at the event.

Tim Tebow To Speak at RNC

 

Written by Cindy Boren at WashingtonPost.com 

Donald Trump has promised a different sort of Republican National Convention next week, boasting that his lineup would include A-list sports stars.

Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Ditka may have bailed on the chance to address delegates and the nation before Trump presumably is chosen as the party’s nominee for president, but Tim Tebow, Dana White and Natalie Gulbis are on board. Others whom Trump previously had named as speakers are not on thelineup obtained by the New York Times. Absent from the schedule, which the Times says it confirmed with two sources, are names formerly trumpeted by the presumptive nominee: Don King, Mike Tyson along with Ditka and Roethlisberger.

Nor will Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback who has called Trump “a good friend of mine” and made headlines when a “Make America Great Again” cap was spotted in his locker last season, be present. Brady won’t endorse Trump, either. Trump told WEEI Radio in Boston earlier this month that he had waved Brady off.

“He’s got sponsors, he’s got all of his different things that he has to do,” Trump said, “and I told him not to.”

Tebow, who won two national championships at Florida and the Heisman Trophy, is a free agent who still hopes to return to the NFL. A devout Christian who, in the meantime, focuses on his charitable and TV work, Tebow will kick things off July 21, the night on which Trump presumably will accept the nomination in the convention’s closing speech.

Tebow, a conservative, has mused about running for political office one day, saying in March that it was an idea he’s mulling. “If there’s a chance you can make a difference someday in something, then that would be intriguing,” he told Ainsley Earhardt on “Fox and Friends.”

Tebow, who turns 29 next month, could probably get elected to any office he chooses in Florida and that wouldn’t be a bad springboard to greater, more oval-ly-shaped offices. He has a real mission “to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need” through his foundation.

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