Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

UCLA basketball players suspected of shoplifting in China are headed home

UCLA basketball players suspected of shoplifting in China are headed home

"We also want to acknowledge UCLA's significant efforts on behalf of their student-athletes".

LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were arrested last Tuesday, November 7 for allegedly stealing $700 sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store close to the Hangzhou hotel the UCLA Basketball team was staying at in advance of the Pac-12 China Game against Georgia Tech.

Scott thanked Trump, the White House and the State Department for their assistance in resolving the case.

The Washington Post broke the news on Monday that Trump, while on a trip in Asia, personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the situation.

Three UCLA basketball players were arrested November 7 in Hangzhou, China, on suspicion of shoplifting.

"It's a very, very rough situation with what happened to them", Trump said.

Speaking with the press pool on Air Force One, Trump opened up about his chat with Xi.

UCLA beat Georgia Tech 63-60 without the three freshmen.

If the three Bruins are going to be detained in China for another two weeks, they could miss up to five games before they get back on USA soil, missing contests against Central Arkansas, South Carolina State, Creighton, Baylor/Wisconsin and UC Irvine.

The rest of the UCLA team returned to Los Angeles last Saturday without the three.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Tuesday that the players had been seen boarding a plane bound for LAX.

The Washington Post reported Monday that a USA official indicated that shoplifting charges against the players have been reduced, and the case could be resolved soon.

Arriving the day after the players were arrested, Trump reportedly raised the players' predicament during his visit to Beijing. They were released on bail after being questioned about the alleged crime but continued to remain in their hotel as authorities continued the investigation.

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