“Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think” US President Donald Trump Tweeted early Wednesday morning, ironically at a time that The USS Ronald Reagan is out rescuing sailors from a plane crash.
President Donald Trump escalated his verbal attacks on LaVar Ball, calling the former pro athlete-turned-businessman and reality TV star an “ungrateful fool” and “poor man’s version of Don King.”
In a series of early morning tweets on Wednesday, the president stepped up his insults toward Ball for what he considered a lack of gratitude for Trump’s efforts free Lavar’s son LiAngelo Ball from possible prison after a shoplifting arrest earlier this month in China.
“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,” the president wrote.
He went on to slam Ball, who in a Monday CNN interview had refused to credit the president’s efforts to gain release for LiAngelo and two other UCLA basketball players, as “just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.”
The freshman and two classmates admitted to stealing merchandise from stores in China, where a shoplifting conviction could lead to a 10-year prison sentence. They publicly thanked the president last Wednesday, after some prompting by an earlier presidential tweet.
LaVar Ball, the star of the Facebook reality series “Ball in the Family” about his family of athletic prodigies, was not so quick to give thanks. (In addition to LiAngelo, Ball’s sons include L.A. Lakers Lonzo Ball and high schooler LaMelo Ball.)
“But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!” the president concluded, making the most of Twitter’s new maximum character count.
Don King, the longtime professional boxing promoter campaigned for Trump last year.
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..: Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017
…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! : Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017
Trump also provocatively retweeted a message from a supporter with a crude description of his former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. “If Hillary got my kid out of prison, as much as I hate the woman, I’d thank her corrupt ass!”
Here are some other Twitter reactions:
Ferrari Forbes @ferrariforbes : I saw Don King trending and thought he died…come to find out that Donald Trump is still beefing with LaVar Ball. Trump just called him a poor man’s Don King. ? S**t just got real!!
gary walton sr. @grwaltonsr : Donald Trump calls LaVar Ball ‘ungrateful fool’, compares him to ‘poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair’ Trump is too stupid to know he is being played
Sharon M @fredandbessie :I just figured it out, why the early morning crazy tweets today….The Adult Day Care Workers are off for Thanksgiving ??. #Don King
Chuck St. John @StJohnPhoto : Don King with out the hair? is it with the Embarrassment in Chief???…
Patient Wolf @patientXwolf : POS just tweeted that LaVar Ball is the bald poor mans version of Don King. IDC if you don’t like Trump but that sheath right there was funny as sheath. But it makes a lot of sense tho.
Steve F. @backyardsage : ‘Trump is a stupid man’s version of a President’: Internet pelts Trump for ‘poor man’s Don King’ attack on LaVar Ball
cis lord problematic @MacMaal_ : This man woke up at 5:25 AM just to call Lavar a “poor man’s don king”. I’m inconsolable ????????????????????
Hawks @rhollister57 : 11 people were on board a crashed US Navy aircraft but at 5 am, the President of the United States is spending his time angrily calling LaVar Ball (yet another black person he’s attacked) a poor man’s Don King and an ungrateful fool whitout the nappy hair
James Brown @JayB_124 : So Donald Trump not only supports Roy Moore, but he won’t even say anything bad about the alleged pedophile. But he wakes up at 5:30am to call Lavar Ball a “poor man’s Don King”… Think about that for a second…
bad girl kiki now @KiaSpeaks : What’s hilarious is Donald is also a poor man’s Don King with no hair.
Neale @AbeFroman : Real talk, he’s unhinged and it keeps getting worse. And he’s always targeting black folks. A US Navy plane crashed in Japan and there are servicemen in the ocean right this second–yet he’s up at 5:00 in the morning tweeting about LaVar Ball and Don King. FOH
undefined values @undefinedvalues : a poor man’s don king? i remember when that was @DanaWhite except dana isn’t poor anymore after a decade+ of robbing fans and fighters.
mike brandt @Brandt_boys: “LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair“. Well played mister president well played
Giacomo G Casanova @CasanovasTool : When one does a good deed – or simply one’s job – one does not take along a brass band & demand an ovation.
Dante P ? @phillybounce79 : Saxual assault/ harassment isn’t a small thing either. Sooooo shouldn’t u be more concerned about #Roymoore more than #lavarball ? seriously let it go! Be an adult for once in your life ?
PKNI @pkni : As #Trump rewrites the destiny of this country and #democracy he continues to #embarrass this #country with petty feuds with individual #citizens, mostly #black folks, that no one gives a damn about! Can we get an adult in the White House? #LaVarBall.
Keith Boykin Verified account @keithboykin : A US Navy aircraft crashed in the Pacific. Remains of Sgt La David Johnson were discovered in Niger. North Korea is testing nuclear missiles. 50% of Puerto Ricans still don’t have power. An accused child molester is running for US Senate. And Trump is worried about the NFL & NBA.