Over the course of the past year, two men have been using their strong, often controversial opinions, and public faces to stay at the forefront of the media. You’re probably familiar with both of them: Donald Trump, and LaVar Ball.
The former is, of course, the president. The latter is the outspoken father of Los Angeles Lakers’ rookie point guard Lonzo Ball.
The men became connected this week. Ball’s middle son, LiAngelo, was one of three UCLA players who was arrested in China for shoplifting. With their future in limbo, it was reported that Trump contacted the Chinese government, asking for the release of the student-athletes, which was granted.
Once LiAngelo and the other UCLA players returned to the United States free of charges, Trump attempted to take full responsibility for their freedom. While the players did thank the president, LaVar took a different approach and denied Trump’s role, saying, “Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.”
To no one’s surprise, the president shot back, and claimed he should have left the three players in China to be imprisoned for years.
It was ugly and overly dramatic, all around. Which means everyone talked about it, and Golden State Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr was asked about it. His reaction was pretty priceless:
Steve Kerr on the Trump, LaVar stuff: "Two people seeking attention...It'd be nice if you stopped covering both of them." pic.twitter.com/qwfL7I8sFr— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 19, 2017
If you can’t see the video, here are some of the highlights, as transcribed by Connor Letourneau. It’s worth noting that Kerr was wearing a grin while speaking.
Two people seeking attention, and they’re both getting it. I’m sure both guys are really happy. You know what would help? If all of you just stopped covering both of them. Is that possible? You could probably stop covering LaVar. I don’t know think you can stop covering the President. I don’t think that’ll work, but it would be nice for all of us if both of them would be quiet. That would be great.
Hard to argue with that, coach.