Trump Asks China's President To Help Resolve UCLA Shoplifting Case

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President Trump personally asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help resolve the case of three UCLA basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting while in China for a tournament last week, according to a report Monday.

News of the arrests was widespread not only in the United States but also in China, breaking just a day before Trump arrived in the country.

The team stayed in Hangzhou before leaving for Shanghai on Tuesday. He indicated that UCLA made "significant efforts" on behalf of its athletes.

"President Xi has been terrific on that subject", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One, bound for Honolulu following the conclusion of his 12-day trip to Asia.

"Finally, we want to thank the President, the White House and the US State Department for their efforts towards resolution". The China Game is in its third year, and while the scandal was developing the league announced that California and Yale will play in next year's edition.

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were detained by Chinese authorities for allegedly stealing from a Luis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China, the Daily Caller reported.

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There was no immediate word on the trio's status for the team's home opener Wednesday night against Central Arkansas.

The players were released on bail Wednesday morning in Hangzhou, China, and reportedly did not accompany the team back to Los Angeles after UCLA's 63-60 victory over Georgia Tech.

Before the players' release, LiAngelo Ball's father, LaVar, had said in a statement on social media that the Chinese judicial process could take months.

The family is now filming a reality show called "Ball in the Family" and recently started an athletic apparel company, Big Baller Brand, "inspired by the Ball brothers".

Chinese authorities detained the UCLA freshmen for questioning about allegations of shoplifting before a recent game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.

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