"Me just not thinking and being with them, I took something too", Ball added.
"We learned today of LiAngelo Ball's intention to withdraw from UCLA", he said.
UCLA coach Steve Alford issued a statement later Monday. They've played eight games without the sharp-shooting guard and fellow freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, compiled a 7-1 record heading into Wednesday's game against Montana (5-3) at 8 p.m.at Pauley Pavilion, and don't plan to slow down after this week's additional drama. Why should we as parents and adults keep jumping on them?
While speaking at the 2017 SportsBusiness Journal Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, Emmert was asked about LaVar Ball's decision to pull his middle son LiAngelo out of UCLA this week.
With oldest son Lonzo struggling in his rookie NBA season for the Los Angeles Lakers, LiAngelo now without a school or place to play basketball, and LaMelo's college future uncertain, LaVar's words to CNN could end up as the family's legacy.
Alford said neither LaVar nor LiAngelo spoke to him about the decision to quit the team and leave school.
The UCLA basketball player recounted the experience that he deemed as "horrible" as Chinese authorities came to their hotel and arrested them. Three UCLA basketball players-Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley-detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the global scandal.
Alford noted since returning to the United States, Ball has been a model citizen at school. In fact, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith sounded off on Ball during a Tuesday morning rant on ESPN's First Take. Alford said he expects a resolution to the Office of Student Conduct's investigation "sooner rather than later".
Lithuanian team Lietkabelis Panevezys has said no in such a fantastic and petty way: their coach, Arturs Stalberg said in essence that he'd love to sign the Balls, but just not to play basketball. Due to their notoriety, it may be a good business decision to sign the two, even if it's not the best basketball decision, but one team from Lithuania has already said "thanks, but no thanks" to the circus. The other part of me thinks he is a insane dad who clearly loves his sons but does not know how to conduct his love for them in a socially acceptable way.