LaVar Ball told ESPN that he has pulled his son LiAngelo out of UCLA.
“We are exploring other options with Gelo,” LaVar Ball said. “He’s out of there.”
The news was first reported by TMZ.
“I’m going to make him way better for the draft than UCLA ever could have.”
LiAngelo Ball, a freshman, is one of three UCLA basketball players who were indefinitely suspended after a shoplifting incident in China.
Ball, the middle Ball brother, did not play a single game in college after being suspended from the team — along with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill.
“I’m not sitting back and waiting,” LaVar Ball told ESPN. “He wasn’t punished this bad in China.”
“We get back over here and the consequences were even stiffer than China. So basically they’re in jail here.”
UCLA coach Steve Alford issued a statement later Monday.
“We learned today of LiAngelo Ball’s intention to withdraw from UCLA,” he said. “We respect the decision he and his family have made, and we wish him all the best in the future.”