LaVar Ball went on national television Monday night to rebut President Donald Trump and the tweet storm he brewed up on Sunday when the commander-in-chief called Ball ungrateful for his efforts in getting his shoplifting son back from China to the U.S. It was as predictably off-the-rails as you might have expected. 

Ball and CNN host Chris Cuomo hit on a number of topics, but the discussion hit a pile of mud and slowed to a crawl when Cuomo brought up gratitude and ragged on LaVar’s decision to not show gratitude to the president for his efforts in assisting his son, LiAngelo. From there, things got completely sideways.

Ball refused to say thank you to Trump earlier this week and even went so far as to ask, “Who?” when asked about Trump’s involvement in the UCLA saga. He again refused to say thank you on Monday night and insisted that Trump could have done more to resolve the issue in expediting the matter. “What did he do for me?” said LaVar, adding that after 18 years, LiAngelo has earned a pass for his behavior in China.

In the end, LaVar downplayed a feud with the president and challenged the notion that he’s picking fights with “the most powerful man in the world.” He also got in a few good sales pitches for Big Baller Brand, for good measure.

Maybe we’ve seen the last of the Trump-LaVar saga, but so long as the president still has Twitter, and so long as LaVar is given outlet to speak, consider me dubious.

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