Trump asks Chinese president to help UCLA trio

Trump asks Chinese president to help UCLA trio

Arriving the day after the players were arrested, Trump reportedly raised the players' predicament during his visit to Beijing.

The players, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, have been questioned for allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou. Theft of this nature is taken much more harshly in China than it is in the United States, and these players are finding that out the hard way.

President Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case of three UCLA men's basketball players arrested for shoplifting. Xi, according to the Post, promised Trump he'd look into the matter, and make sure the players are treated - quoting from the article - "expeditiously and fairly". According to the Post, an unidentified USA official said the players' charges have been reduced and that the case is moving forward.

Citing sources familiar with the situation, ESPN's Arash Markazi reported Saturday the UCLA basketball players are expected to remain in China for "a week or two". Under watch by Hangzhou police, they've been staying at a lakeside hotel where they've been unable to leave.

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While a resolution to the legal issues seems to be moving toward a conclusion, they will no doubt still face punishment upon return to the USA, with a lengthy suspension and dismissal from the team as possibilities.

The good news is that everything seems to be working towards a resolution. The players were also not permitted to fly home with the team.

LiAngelo Ball declined to comment when reached by phone at his hotel on Wednesday, Reuters reported. He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal. Reportedly, the Ball family will open a pop-up store in Hong Kong on Tuesday (Nov. 14).

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