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WATERLOO (AP) -

Lavar Ball, the father of one of the UCLA players arrested in China, is taking fire from President Trump. 

Trump sent out a tweet on Sunday, saying, "Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, Lavar Ball, the of father of Liangelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!"

The three players, including Liangelo Ball, were arrested for alleged shoplifting last week. 

President Trump, later took credit for their release, saying that he personally intervened with the Chinese president. But, Lavar Ball later suggested in an ESPN interview that Trump had little to do with the matter. 

However, all three players thanked the president after flying back home.

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