LaVar Ball confirmed he sent United States President Donald Trump a pair of Big Baller Brand ZO2s, the signature shoe of Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, after saying last week he planned to make a peace offering after they feuded about the release of LiAngelo Ball, one of his sons, from China.
On Thursday, TMZ Sports passed along comments from Ball, who said the BBB shipment should have arrived at the White House.
"I sent Trump his shoes," he said. "He should have them—unless they took 'em!"
The outspoken patriarch of the Ball family previously told TMZ Sports he hoped the sneakers would help Trump "calm down a little bit" after their verbal and social media exchanges in recent weeks.
LiAngelo, along with UCLA teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, was arrested in China on shoplifting charges while on the Bruins' trip to face Georgia Tech in Shanghai.
After the group was released and allowed to return home to Los Angeles, Trump sent out a series of messages on Twitter taking credit for helping the players avoid a significant prison sentence:
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
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..
LaVar said during an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo he wasn't sure whether Trump played an important role in the players' release and suggested he should be concerned about more pressing matters.
"Did he help the boys get out? I don't know. ... If I was going to thank somebody, I'd probably thank [Chinese] President Xi [Jinping]," Ball said.
He added: "If you help, you shouldn't have to say anything. Let him do his political affairs and let me handle my son and let's just stay in our lane."
The ZO2 Prime Remix shoes sent to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue carry a retail value of $495.