UCLA basketball players flying home after Trump asks Chinese leader for help

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

According to Arash Markazi of ESPN, the three players will have to stay in China for another week or two while this matter gets resolved by Chinese authorities.

The UCLA basketball freshmen were arrested November 7 morning local time in Hangzhou, China.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were detained last Tuesday on suspicion of shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou.

Trump said he personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to intervene on behalf of the three players during his two-day state visit to Beijing last week. You are talking about long prison sentences. The team was in Shanghai to face Georgia Tech in their season opener on November 4.

LaVar, LaMelo and Tina Ball - the family's matriarch - all went to China to watch LiAngelo play his first game as a Bruin and promote the opening of a Big Baller Brand pop-up shop in Shanghai.


Scott thanked US President Donald Trump, the White House and the State Department for their efforts in resolving what he called "the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China". 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.

They were released from police custody early on Wednesday and had been confined to a luxury hotel pending legal proceedings. Trump said he was hopeful the athletes would return home soon.

The elder Ball has become a media personality by aggressively promoting his sons as future National Basketball Association superstars and had travelled to China on the trip to promote his Big Baller Brand shoe and apparel line.

An anonymous USA official told The Washington Post that after Trump brought the situation up, Xi said he would ensure fair treatment and expeditious legal processing for the players.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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