LaVar Ball pulls LiAngelo from UCLA

By Anthony Saude

 

LaVar Ball is back in the headlines again this week. LaVar has confirmed that will be removing his son LiAngelo from UCLA because he believes the “suspension was unfair” since the “charges were dropped” according to a report by ESPN.

LiAngelo hasn’t officially left the school but it has been reported that he is at his home in Chino Hills and doesn’t plan on returning to the school when the suspension is lifted. ESPN reported that LaVar said “We are exploring other options with Gelo,” “He is out of there.”

LiAngelo has missed eight of the Bruins games since the indefinite suspension was imposed. However, if LiAngelo had intended to play college basketball for a different university, he still would not be eligible to play for any NCAA Division 1 school this year. He might be able to get on to a lower level program like an NAIA school but it doesn’t seem that is something the family will explore. He also has the option to try his hand in the NBA G-League or go overseas to continue his basketball career.

Reports say that UCLA coach Steve Alford confirmed that LiAngelo won’t be coming back to the school when the suspension is lifted and respects the family’s decision. Everybody should wish LiAngelo the best of luck. ESPN also reported that LaVar said “I am going to make LiAngelo way better for the draft then UCLA ever could have.”

LaVar Ball told ESPN that LiAngelo and youngest brother, LaMelo, have both signed on with the same agent representing the eldest Ball brother an Lakers Rookie, Lonzo. Ball has confirmed that the plan is now to have his two youngest sons play on the same overseas team. Last week LaVar said “I don’t care about the money.  I want them to go somewhere where they will play them together on the court at the same time. The priority is for the boys to play on the same team.”

People make mistakes and this shouldn’t be the end of the line for this young man. Everybody deserves a second chance and you people do dumb things all the time. LiAngelo will be heard from again on the basketball court based on his talent is the hope for this young man.

LiAngelo was suspended along with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill for shoplifting during a team trip to China.