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LaVar Ball, the father of a UCLA basketball player arrested in China last month, escalated his feud with President Trump on Thursday, posting a gif showing a cartoon version of himself dunking on Trump.
Ball posted the gif Thursday, tagging the president's account and adding the hashtags, "The Trump Dunk" and "Stay in yo lane."
The gif shows the animated Ball making a slam dunk and knocking the cartoon Trump to the ground, where Trump angrily pulls out his cell phone and scrolls through Twitter, coming across the gif, which loops and begins again.
The conflict between Trump and Ball started after Trump secured the release of Ball's son, LiAngelo, and two of his teammates from China. The players were arrested for shoplifting during a team trip.
Trump attacked Ball for downplaying the president's role in securing the players' release, calling Ball an "ungrateful fool" and a "poor man's Don King" - remarks that were criticized as being racially motivated.
Ball fired back at Trump in an interview on CNN, saying that if Trump really helped, he "shouldn't have to say anything."
"Let him do his political affairs and let me handle my son, and let's just stay in our lane," he said.
Last week, Ball said that he was going to send Trump a pair of shoes from his son's line so that he could "calm down a little bit."