Trump asks China's Xi to intervene in case of arrested UCLA players

Doug Mendoza
November 14, 2017

According to David Nakamura of the Washington Post, President Donald Trump called Chinese President Xi Jinping in hopes of resolving the shoplifting case against UCLA Bruins freshman basketball player LiAngelo Ball and two of his college teammates.

The Post cites a USA official that said that Xi promised to look into the situation, and that "the charges against the players have been reduced and the case is proceeding toward a resolution".

They've since been released from custody, however, the trio remains in Hangzhou as the legal process continues to play out, while the rest of the team has already flown back to the United States. None of the three players flew home with the team and could remain in China for a week or two while the case gets resolved.

UCLA has declined to comment beyond its initial statement released Wednesday, in which the university said it was aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou and was cooperating fully with local authorities. The source told ESPN there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside a high-end retail center.

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A US official speaking to Nakamura on the condition of anonymity said that the case is proceeding towards a resolution with reduced charges in the matter. This official indicated that charges against the players have been reduced and that the case is proceeding toward a resolution.

Ball, Riley and Hill were taken to the police station in Hangzhou, where they were kept for a number of hours, according to ESPN.

Ball, the second son of outspoken and high-profile sports dad, LaVar Ball, is set to begin his freshman season at UCLA.

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