LaVar Ball's ongoing feud with President Donald Trump took an animated turn Thursday when the Ball family patriarch tweeted a GIF of himself dunking on the commander in chief in emoji form accompanied by the hashtag #stayinyolane.
The post is yet another attempt by Ball to antagonize Trump after he stated the president did not help get his son, LiAngelo Ball, sent back to the United States after he was arrested for shoplifting during a trip to China.
"Who?" LaVar Ball said of Trump after LiAngelo was cleared to return to the states, according to ESPN.com's Arash Markazi. "What was he over there for? Don't tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out."
Ball's comments followed a report from the Washington Post that Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to consider freeing LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill in the aftermath of their arrests.
Trump subsequently took aim at LaVar in a series of tweets for suggesting he didn't play a role in LiAngelo's release:
Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
The back-and-forth continued this week when LaVar appeared on NBC's Today alongside LiAngelo and said he shipped Trump a few pairs of his Big Baller Brand ZO2 signature sneakers to make his "blood pressure go down."
"I sent him three pair—red, white, and blue—to show him we patriotic," he said, per NBC's Elizabeth Chuck.
"I sent him some shoes to calm him down. ZO2s bring you down, stop you from getting all riled up. That's why I gave him the shoes. I said it's gonna help him out — it's gonna make his blood pressure go down. He don't have to worry about all that. Put some ZO2s on and walk light."
Since the overseas incident, LaVar has decided neither LiAngelo nor his youngest son, LaMelo, will continue with their plans to play at UCLA.
Instead, he told ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman on Thursday that the two will pursue playing careers overseas after signing with agent Harrison Gaines, who also represents Los Angeles Lakers floor general Lonzo Ball.
"I don't know the deals and who is offering what," LaVar said. "I'm letting Harrison handle all that, but I know there are a few teams interested. I just need to get them playing again."