UCLA basketball players arrested in China are headed home

Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China

Trump personally asked China's Xi to help resolve shoplifting case against 3 UCLA basketball players, report says

The three basketball players from the University of California, Los Angeles, were detained by police on November 7 in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou over allegations of shoplifting. The athletes were unable to play in the game, and they remain in China awaiting their fate while the rest of their team returned to the USA days ago.

The school said the three players, along with coach Steve Alford and athletic director Dan Guerrero, will make their first public comments about the matter at a campus news conference Wednesday, but won't take questions.

According to David Nakamura of the Washington Post, President Donald Trump called Chinese President Xi Jinping in hopes of resolving the shoplifting case against UCLA Bruins freshman basketball player LiAngelo Ball and two of his college teammates.

The three players were not allowed to participate in the Bruins' Saturday game in Hangzhou, China, which UCLA won 63-60. "And hopefully everything is going to work out", Trump said on board Air Force One, before word of the trio's return appeared. It was not immediately clear whether Ball, Hill and Riley will be allowed to play.

It looks like this matter has been resolved, but it probably goes without saying that in future visits to the country, Pac-12 personnel will keep a tighter leash on their players.

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Trump learned about the details of the cases from aides, including Kelly, said the official familiar with the internal discussions.

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were detained by Chinese authorities for allegedly stealing from a Luis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China, the Daily Caller reported. He said the trio, who had been held since last week, could have faced long prison sentences.

Ball, Hill and Riley were released on bail last week, after getting arrested over allegations of shoplifting, NPR reported.

All charges against the basketball players have been dropped, according to a report from China Sports Insider.

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