President Donald Trump has allegedly asked Chinese President, Xi Jinping, to help resolve the case involving LiAngelo Ball and two of his UCLA teammates, who were arrested on shoplifting charges in Hangzhou late last week, according to ESPN's Arash Markazi.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the three players are facing 20 days of house arrest that may be served where they were staying in Hangzhou, China, the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou.
After Trump raised the matter with the Chinese president, Xi promised to look into the case and ensure that the players are treated fairly and expeditiously, a US official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation told the Washington Post.
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed in an email that Trump raised the matter with Xi.
Surveillance video of the players appeared to show them shoplifting from stores inside of the high-end shopping complex including Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.
Trump arrived in China on a diplomatic visit one day after the UCLA players were arrested.
Chinese authorities told the Post that the charges have been downgraded and the case against them is on a fast track toward resolution. That LiAngelo Ball is the brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, of the now famous basketball family of patriarch Lavar Ball, has only increased interest.