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- President Trump took a shot at LaVar Ball on Twitter Sunday morning.
- The topic trended on Twitter all day, with many users weighing in on the feud.
- Some suggested the two meet in a WWE ring, while others believed a game of one-on-one would be the best way to settle the score.
President Trump started a new feud with the sporting world on Sunday morning, taking aim at LaVar Ball after Ball downplayed Trump’s involvement in his son LiAngelo Ball’s return to the United States after being arrested in China on a shoplifting charge.
“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,” the president tweeted. “I should have left them in jail!”
Twitter was quick to react to the news, with both Ball and Trump known for their over-the-top, blustering personalities.
Everyone on Twitter waiting for Trump vs Lavar Ball and then we see Trumps tweet… pic.twitter.com/LjXhtIVrwl
— Collin (@CollinJustin1) November 19, 2017
Since Ball and Trump both have ties to the world of professional wrestling, with Ball appearing on “Monday Night Raw” earlier in the summer, and Trump a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, many anticipated a meeting at WrestleMania between the two men.
When it becomes clear you’re gonna make $1 Billion off Trump v. Lavar Ball at Wrestlemania pic.twitter.com/18ETrlUeR6
— Andy Cook (@andytoddcook) November 19, 2017
Vince McMahon is somewhere seeing this Donald Trump vs Lavar Ball feud and thinking WrestleMania 34 like… pic.twitter.com/6nLl9AGVJ2
— Randy Cruz (@randyjcruz) November 19, 2017
In retrospect, this season of America was clearly building up to a LaVar Ball-Donald Trump ladder match in the season finale.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) November 19, 2017
Others suggested the two play a game of one-on-one, with the winner taking the presidency.
Donald Trump need to go 1V1 with Lavar Ball. If Donald wins he gets right to BBB & if Lavar wins he's the new President of the United States. Seems fair.
— Mike Headly (@MikeHeadasss) November 19, 2017
laVar ball and trump gotta play one on one and the winner gets america
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) November 19, 2017
Since Ball is known for being such a brilliant marketer, taking his boisterous and boastful appearances on ESPN’s “First Take” and turning himself into a can’t-miss personality of the sports media landscape, many assumed that this was just another genius play to bring publicity to the Big Baller Brand.
Lavar Ball watching Trump fall into his PR trap pic.twitter.com/ikq3Io9gyx
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) November 19, 2017
There were also those that found it difficult to take a side in the feud.
Picking sides in a Donald Trump vs Lavar Ball fight pic.twitter.com/ROvPkj6r3Q
— Mike LaPenta (@MikeLaPenta) November 19, 2017
There’s no telling what’s to come between Trump and Ball, but knowing the two of them, chances are their war of words is only beginning.