... we are past passive, symbolic gestures from multinational corporations and media conglomerates. We need real dedication to diversity in our newsrooms ...

- Danielle Belton -

Advertisement

Trump Asks Chinese President to Help Resolve LiAngelo Ball’s Shoplifting Thing

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People on Nov. 9, 2017, in Beijing. (Thomas Peter/Pool/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrive at a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People on Nov. 9, 2017, in Beijing. (Thomas Peter/Pool/Getty Images)

How come our president had nothing to say for days about soldiers killed in the deadliest combat mission during his time in office but butts his tangerine nose into the most inane shit?

Advertisement

As gutter prophet Kanye West once said, “You worry ’bout the wrong things, Trump don’t care about black people. the wrong things ... ” (or somesuch).

The Washington Post reports that President Donald Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case of three UCLA men’s basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting in high-end stores while in China last week, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the conversation.

Advertisement

Trump arrived a day after the three players—guard LiAngelo Ball, brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball, and forwards Cody Riley and Jalen Hill—were accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel.

As reported earlier by The Root, the players did not play in the game they came to China for against Georgia Tech in Shanghai; nor did they fly home with the team.

Xi reportedly promised to look into the case and ensure that the players are treated fairly and expeditiously, the Post reports.

Advertisement

Chief of staff John F. Kelly has been in touch with the families of the players and spoken with UCLA coach Steve Alford, and Kelly remains in contact with Chinese authorities, the official added.

Read more at the Washington Post.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

paulmooneystongue
PaulMooneysTongue

I don’t know...is it kinda of good for man who is confirmed racist to be messy in this situation? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I mean he’s actually advocating for three American citizens, who are black males and not getting on Twatter and talking shit about their absent daddies and poor home training (and whatever other racist stereotype shit GOP folks wanna say about black men) in 240 characters.