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

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

Donald Trump personally spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping about the UCLA basketball players now being detained in China, according to David Nakamura of the Washington Post.

Trump talked to Xi about the arrests during a state visit last week to Beijing, part of the president's five-nation Asian trip, The Washington Post reported.

A source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation told ESPN that the three players could be in Hangzhou for "a week or two".

According to the Washington Post, President Xi promised to look into the issue - and said the players would be treated fairly.

The Bruins were stationed in China to prepare for a season-opener against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday.

Donald Trump is trying to do what the UCLA men's basketball team couldn't do: take its Ball and go home. The three players have not been allowed to leave China after being accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near the team's hotel in Huangzhou last week. Since then, the trio is being required by local police to stay at the Hangzhou hotel until the legal process is complete. However, the charges against the players were reduced and the case was headed toward a resolution, a source told ESPN.

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