President Trump gets involved in UCLA basketball players' shoplifting case

President Trump gets involved in UCLA basketball players' shoplifting case

President Trump gets involved in UCLA basketball players' shoplifting case

None of the three arrested players are projected starters for 21st-ranked UCLA, but each had been expected to contribute off the bench for the Bruins this season.

Three UCLA basketball players who remain in China after their teammates headed home amid news reports the trio was arrested for shoplifting have someone new intervening on their behalf: President Donald Trump.

Trump talked to Xi about the arrests during a state visit last week to Beijing, part of the president's five-nation Asian trip, The Washington Post reported.

The players involved are Cody Riley, Jalen Hill and LiAngelo Ball, brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.


According to a report from Joshua Berlinger of CNN, the three players could face between three and 10 years in a Chinese prison if convicted of grand larceny. All are expected to remain in Hangzhou, where local police have them under a type of house arrest at the hotel where UCLA was staying before their game against Georgia Tech. ESPN reported the team has returned to the United States, without the three detained players.

A US official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told The Post that Xi promised to look into the case and ensure that the players be treated fairly and expeditiously, adding that the charges against the three players have been reduced and that the case is moving toward a resolution.

LaVar Ball later released a statement about the allegations against LiAngelo: "It is a very unfortunate situation that the Ball family and UCLA has to deal with at this particular time".

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