President Trump gets involved in UCLA basketball players' shoplifting case

Rosalie Stanley
November 14, 2017

The president spent two days in China with Xi, discussing North Korea and trade relations among other issues.

President Trump has asked his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, for help regarding the case of UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill.

After Trump brought up the players' arrests, Xi said he would look into the case, and ensured that the three would be treated fairly.

Once the UCLA basketball players' legal cases are resolved and they return to the United States, Trump likely will tell the world about his role in accelerating the timeline for their release.

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Initial reports suggested the players could remain in China for up to two months, depending on whether Chinese authorities chose to pursue an arrest, which would spark an investigation. The source noted that there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside of a high-end shopping center, which houses Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo stores. Under watch by Hangzhou police, they've been staying at a lakeside hotel where they've been unable to leave.

The team has since returned home, without Ball, Riley and Hill.

Lonzo Ball said his father LaVar Ball called him Friday night and told him "we are handling it out here, so that's a good sign", ESPN reported. Reportedly, the Ball family will open a pop-up store in Hong Kong on Tuesday (Nov. 14). 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.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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