Trump Asked Xi's Help in Case of Detained US Basketball Players

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Former Chino Hill Huskies guard Li Angelo Ball arrested in China for Shoplifting with two UCLA teammates

Reuters Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports Former Chino Hill Huskies guard Li Angelo Ball arrested in China for Shoplifting with two UCLA teammates

Last week, the trio were arrested for stealing sunglasses from Louis Vuitton and then it was later revealed they stole from Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo stores as well.

President Donald Trump asked China's president, Xi Jinping, for his help in resolving the case of three UCLA basketball players that were arrested for shoplifting while overseas before the team's season opener last week, reports the Washington Post. Xi promised the players will receive fair treatment and their cases would be handled hastily, Nakamura reports, citing an anonymous US official. The three Bruins remain in a luxury hotel in Hangzhou, where they emerged publicly for the first time Monday and a spokesman said they are "doing fine", the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to Nakamura, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to him via email that Trump personally reached out to Jinping.

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The trio are now staying at hotel in Hangzhou with a UCLA team representative, and they're required to stay there until the legal process is over, which could take several weeks.

Chinese authorities told the Post that the charges have been downgraded and the case against them is on a fast track toward resolution. Three players were questioned from each team.

Alford rejoined the rest of UCLA's team in Shanghai on Wednesday morning after the players were released. UCLA is one of the top basketball programs in the country, and the Ball family has become well known in the sports world, including LiAngelo's outspoken father, LaVar Ball.

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