Those comments apparently prompted Trump's tweet on Sunday. The incident took place while the team was overseas for their season-opener against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
It's not totally clear what the exact circumstances of the players' release were, and when asked about the president's role, Ball told ESPN Friday: "Who?"
"Who? What was he over there for? Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", he added.
The players returned to the United States last week.
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Jones could be fined or suspended if found guilty, and the Cowboys could be stripped of one or more draft picks. There's still no clear successor to Goodell should owners wish to oust him from his role .
UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said the players had stolen items from three stores when students were given 90 minutes of free time to explore the city and relax.
After the players were released, Trump insisted they should thank him - which they did in Wednesday in recalcitrant statements at a team press conference. "Be careful, there are many pitfalls on the long and winding road of life!" (Particularly when said citizens are high profile and/or Big Ballers.) He spoke to Xi Jinping, president of the People's Republic of China, and the players were then released. The trio isn't allowed to suit up, be on the bench for home games or travel with the team.
Athletic director Dan Guerrero said the shoplifting occurred when the team had 90 minutes of free time on November 6 in Hangzhou.
LaVar Ball told ESPN that while he was pleased with how the situation in China was handled, he feels like it was overblown. "I've learned my lesson from this big mistake, and I'm a hundred percent sure I'll never make a mistake like this again". Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that's a different thing.