Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump asks Chinese president to help UCLA trio

Trump asks Chinese president to help UCLA trio

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill - were arrested last week while their team was in Hangzhou ahead of the team's season opener in Shanghai.

The story said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders also confirmed via email that Trump had raised the matter.

The UCLA team had been in China for a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, which UCLA won 63-60.

"Hopefully, everything is going to work out, and I know they're very grateful because they were told exactly what happened", he said.

Three UCLA basketball players were arrested November 7 in Hangzhou, China, on suspicion of shoplifting. ESPN reported last Friday that police have surveillance footage of the trio committing the crimes in three stores in the high-end shopping center.


A UCLA spokesperson declined to address whether the players would face disciplinary action from the school upon their return, nor to say who was paying for the players' extended stay at the Hyatt Regency, where standard rooms were commanding about $278 per night on the hotel's website.

They did not travel home with the rest of the team and are still believed to be at the hotel. We've received tremendous support from our partners at FUSC [Federation of University Sports of China] and Alibaba.

"We're doing fine", Carlson told the Times as the players, wearing Bruins workout gear, slipped into the elevator behind him. However, the fact that the charges have been reduced means that the players and their families have cooperated with authorities, which may include actions such as admittance to wrongdoing and providing compensation for the stolen items. LaVar Ball and his youngest son, LaMelo, are expected to be in Hong Kong Tuesday evening to promote a pop-up shop for the family's athletic apparel line, Big Baller Brand.

The Ball patriarch has since been unnaturally silent during the whole ordeal, but did comment on Twitter that "It ain't that big a deal".

Lonzo Ball on Saturday said his father's call put his mind at ease, though his father "didn't leave me much information".

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