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Rapper Master P says LaVar Ball needs to respect President Donald Trump and thank him for helping secure the release of his son after he was jailed in China on suspicion of shoplifting along with two other UCLA players. (Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for 2017 ESSENCE Festival)

One of rap music's most prolific musicians, Master P, is speaking out about the LaVar Ball-President Trump controversy and who he is supporting has surprised many.

What did he say?

Master P, whose real name is Percy Robert Miller, told TMZ Sports last week that he believes Ball is completely wrong for not thanking Trump for helping his son, LiAngelo Ball, who was recently jailed in China on suspicion of shoplifting.

"I just think it’s a blessing to have your kids back at home, man," Miller said. "You got to just be humble."

"Just be thankful that your kids are safe, they are not in prison, and do the right thing. [Trump] had something to do with your kid getting home, so right is right and wrong is wrong," the rapper added. "I put God first. I think that if somebody helps you, then you be appreciative."

Miller also said that Ball is "always talking loud" and implied that Ball "messed up" the entire situation with Trump.

What happened between Ball and Trump?

The two went back and forth in a spat earlier this month after Trump secured the release of Ball's son, LiAngelo, and two other UCLA basketball players who had been arrested in China under suspicion of shoplifting.

After Trump secured the players' release, he wondered if they would thank him; they later did. Ball was asked if he, too, would thank Trump for aiding in his son's release, but he refused. Ball told CNN that he wouldn't thank Trump because the president didn't go to China specifically for his son (Trump was already in Asia on a 12-day trip), didn't post his son's bail, nor did Trump fly his son back on Air Force One.

"What did he do for my son?" Ball said. "I would’ve said thank you if he would’ve put him on his plane and took him home. Then I would’ve said, ‘Thank you, Mr. Trump for taking my boys out of China and taking them back to the U.S.’ There’s a lot of room on that plane. I would have said thank you kindly to that."

Trump later said he shouldn't have intervened on the players' behalf because of Ball's response.

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