Mark Cuban: LaVar Ball Is Taking a Page ‘Straight Out of the Donald Trump Playbook’

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TMZ Sports recently caught up with outspoken Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban, and asked what he thought about the controversy between LaVar Ball and President Donald Trump.

As far as Cuban is concerned, Ball is acting just like Trump.

President Trump and LaVar Ball have been engaged in a public feud ever since Trump interceded on behalf of Ball’s son, LiAngelo, who got arrested in China for shoplifting, a crime that could have seen the younger Ball serving a ten-year jail sentence.

Ball has appeared on TV several times to insist that he has nothing to thank the president for while Trump has hit Twitter to call Ball an “ungrateful fool.”

Despite the elder Ball’s proclamations of his disinterest in thanking Trump for helping to get his son released from the Chinese justice system, even the man’s son, LiAngleo, has publicly thanked Trump for his efforts.

With that as a backdrop, when quizzed on the situation, Cuban at first joked that Trump was just angling for an unlimited supply of the Ball family’s Big Baller gym shoes. But then he followed up with a more serious answer, according to USA Today.

Turning serious, Cuban said, “they’re so much alike. Donald will say what he needs to stay in PR, in the mindset and be talked about—so does LaVar. Donald doesn’t apologize for anything—neither does LaVar.”

“LaVar knows if he apologizes, there’s nothing else to talk about,’ Cuban continued. “LaVar doesn’t apologize, he’ll end up in the news all day every day, and the president will end up having to talk about him. What’s better for Big Baller brand? It’s straight out of the Donald Trump playbook. Congratulations, LaVar.”

On the other hand, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, another extreme anti-Trumper, scolded the media for even covering the Trump-Ball dispute.

“You know what would help? If all of you just stopped covering both of them,” Kerr said of the back and forth between Trump and Ball. “It would be nice for all of us if both of them would just be quiet. That’d be great.,” he added.

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