Editorial: Stop pandering to bad behavior

Editorial: Stop pandering to bad behavior

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Recently, UCLA's basketball team traveled to China to play against Georgia Tech. Three UCLA players were caught shoplifting Louis Vuitton sunglasses valued at approximately $500. UCLA has done the right thing and has suspended the players indefinitely. The three were detained pending a trial but were released.

Shoplifting in China carries a minimum sentence of three years in prison and a maximum sentence of a decade, according to the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China.

President Trump is unhappy with LaVar Ball, the father of one of the three caught shoplifting.  LaVar downplayed Trump's involvement in freeing the player. That argument is between them.

Where I have a problem and I think where so many of this country's problems stem from is the father's response to the crime his son committed.  He's quoted as saying to ESPN: "As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine. I'm happy with how things were handled. A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes.'"

He went on to say: "I'm from LA. I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn't define him. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that's a different thing," Obviously Mr. Ball is not going to win Father of the Year nor pass any logic tests.

At what point is a crime not okay with Mr. Ball?  He should have kept his mouth shut with the press, and when his son was returned to the states he should have laid down the law with him and at the very least taken away his car. By the way, that car happens to be a brand new Ferrari, which raises the question: Why was he stealing?

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