UCLA players in China shoplifting case could return to USA soon

UCLA players in China shoplifting case could return to USA soon

Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were arrested on November 7 for allegedly stealing merchandise from a Louis Vuitton store near the Hangzhou hotel the team was staying in.

According to the Post, ESPN reported that surveillance footage was acquired by Chinese authorities and the players may only be required to stay "for a week or two".

Besides occurring the same week as Trump's visit, the case has raised waves in the United States due to the involvement of LiAngelo Ball, one of three high-profile basketball-playing sons of LaVar Ball.

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

A USA official told the Washington Post that Xi promised Trump he would look into the case and make sure the players would be treated fairly. This source also noted that the charges against the players have been reduced and their case is proceeding toward a resolution.

Among the arrested was LiAngelo Ball, younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball.

UCLA defeated Georgia Tech 63-60 in what was the season opener for both teams.

They did not travel home with the rest of the team and are still believed to be at the hotel. The two leaders did not speak about it publicly, even though the arrests made headlines worldwide.

"What they did was unfortunate", Trump told reporters earlier in Manila. KTLA shares that the freshmen on the UCLA men's basketball team accused of shoplifting from Louis Vuitton store in city of Hangzhou could be in the foreign country for months.

"I'm certainly disappointed that we don't have three UCLA students here to compete in the game today, given that they were involved in an incident that's being investigated in Hangzhou", Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Saturday before the game.

"They're working on it right now". UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero visited all three players Friday.

The Ball patriarch has since been unnaturally silent during the whole ordeal, but did comment on Twitter that "It ain't that big a deal".