Trump Is Trying To Help The UCLA Basketball Players Arrested In China


Trump Is Trying To Help The UCLA Basketball Players Arrested In China

The players landed at Los Angeles International Airport on a flight from Shanghai Tuesday evening, their heads down. "We also want to acknowledge UCLA's significant efforts on behalf of their student-athletes".

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the 23rd-ranked Bruins played Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai.

Scott thanked Trump, the White House and the State Department for their assistance in resolving the case.

Their release comes shortly after President Donald Trump reached out to Chinese president Xi Jinping asking him to help resolve the players' legal cases.

Trump was in China for a visit at the same time as UCLA.

Since the matter did not occur on the court, it would be up to UCLA whether the players will be punished, Scott said. Trump described Xi's response as "terrific".

Asked about the trio and Trump's discussing the issue with Xi, China Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing in Beijing that he was unable to provide any further information. It's not clear when they'll return to the US, which is where President Trump comes in. Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry, said the case had been reported to USA authorities, saying, "China is handling this case in accordance with the law, and will guarantee the rights in accordance with the law, for those involved in this case". UCLA's next game is Wednesday against Central Arkansas.

Citing a source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation, ESPN reported the players could be in Hangzhou for "a week or two" while the situation is resolved.

The situation with three UCLA Basketball players accused of stealing from a Louis Vuitton store (as well admit two other establishments) made all kinds of headlines last week.