UCLA players stay in China; team returns to US

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LiAngelo Ball Arrested In China for Shoplifting ... UCLA Cooperating with Officials

The case of the three UCLA basketball players arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting has officially caught the eye of President Donald Trump, who personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case, according to the Washington Post.

Share this article: LiAngelo Ball is one of three UCLA basketball team players being held under house arrest during a suspected shoplifting investigation in China. Kelly remains in contact with Chinese authorities, and the anonymous US official told the newspaper that charges against the three players have been reduced and that the case is headed toward a resolution. News also broke that Chinese authorities reported having surveillance video of the trio stealing from several other stores that same day.

Trump raised the issue with Xi during their meeting on Saturday, The Washington Post reports, and Xi promised the players will be fairly treated.

Initial reports suggested the players could remain in China for up to two months, depending on whether Chinese authorities made a decision to pursue an arrest, which would spark an investigation.

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Ball, 18, is the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball and the son of Big Baller Brand entrepreneur LaVar Ball.

Three UCLA basketball players were arrested November 7 in Hangzhou, China, on suspicion of shoplifting. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed in an email that Trump spoke to Xi regarding the matter.

Once the UCLA basketball players' legal cases are resolved and they return to the United States, Trump likely will tell the world about his role in accelerating the timeline for their release.

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