"Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that's a different thing".
Trump boasted via Twitter that the players were facing 10 years in prison before he spoke with Xi Jinping.
According to the Washington Post, which cited anonymous sources, Trump's involvement helped move the process along and the shoplifting charges against LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were subsequently reduced.
While on a diplomatic trip to Asia, Trump claims to have raised their case with President Xi Jinping of China, ultimately leading to their expedited release and return to the USA on Tuesday. Don't tell me nothing.
The freshman player also thanked Trump and the US government for helping and said he takes "full responsibility" for his actions. LiAngelo Ball echoed his teammate's statement. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out", he added. The teams had traveled to Hangzhou earlier in the week.
It occurred November 7 at a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins had been staying on a goodwill visit.
Trump on Wednesday morning said the players should be grateful for his involvement. "I'm happy with how things were handled".
"I can't wait to see President Trump walking around the Oval Office in a Trump branded suit and the Big Baller Brand sneakers I'm sure LaVar will send him for Christmas!"
Ball in EPSN's report on Saturday also downplayed his son's theft, arguing that "one bad decision doesn't define him".
We can be sure of this much: because our President is a grandstanding shithead, he was always always always going to take credit for a positive outcome.