Trump jumps into UCLA basketball's China nightmare

Trump jumps into UCLA basketball's China nightmare

"After Trump raised the matter, Xi promised to look into the case and ensure that the players are treated fairly and expeditiously, said a USA official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation", the Post reported.

Trump brought up the matter in talks with Xi on Saturday in Beijing and the Chinese leader promised the players from UCLA would be treated fairly and expeditiously, The Washington Post reported.

President Donald Trump intervened to help the three UCLA men's basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, who were arrested for shoplifting while in China for a tournament last week.

It was just one day after Ball as well as teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested in Hangzhou after allegedly shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store next to UCLA's hotel.

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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.

There was no immediate response to an email sent by City News Service to a White House official seeking confirmation of the report.

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 players were questioned from each team. The players were also not permitted to fly home with the team. That LiAngelo Ball is the brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, of the now famous basketball family of patriarch Lavar Ball, has only increased interest.

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