The controversial hoops dad will reportedly pull LiAngelo from UCLA’s basketball team and the school altogether, TMZ Sports has learned and reported Monday afternoon. That being said, sources told TMZ that the 19-year-old guard hasn’t officially withdrawn from the school, although that seems like a formality at this point, as he’s already back home in Chino Hills, California, and won’t return to UCLA. The freshman never logged a single minute of action for the Bruins this season.
Sources with knowledge of the situation told the celebrity news website that LaVar believes UCLA’s suspension is unfair, considering the charges against him and his teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were dropped after their shoplifting arrest.
“There’s no need to break down a kid’s spirit for making a mistake,” someone speaking under anonymity from LaVar’s camp told TMZ Sports.
LiAngelo’s and his two teammates’ shoplifting arrest made national headlines after President Trump claimed to have assisted in getting the trio back home to Los Angeles without being charged. That sparked a very public back-and-forth exchange between the celebrity-in-chief and LaVar, with Trump tweeting, “I should have left them in jail” and calling the outspoken hoops dad an “ungrateful fool” for not thanking him.
The choice to reportedly remove LiAngelo out of college comes just over two months after LaVar pulled his youngest son, LaMelo, out of Chino Hills High School to home-school and train the 16-year-old UCLA commit. Currently, there’s no telling how LiAngelo being pulled from the Bruins’ program might affect LaMelo’s commitment or if LaVar even wants to honor that commitment at this point.
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 news about LaVar reportedly pulling LiAngelo out of UCLA comes on the same day that ESPN reported that the Lakers will reinforce their media rule to not allow reporters in the section of the Staples Center where family and friends of players convene after games, essentially blocking interview attempts in those spaces. People have referred to this as the “LaVar Ball rule,” but the Lakers insist that it’s not a new, customized policy built around the hoops dad.
“It’s not a new policy, it’s an existing policy,” a Lakers spokesperson told ESPN. “There has been more media presence in that area than before. That section is strictly for family and guests of players. It’s a privacy concern.”
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