President Trump gets involved in UCLA basketball players' shoplifting case

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Arriving the day after the players were arrested, Trump reportedly raised the players' predicament during his visit to Beijing.

The Los Angeles Times has identified the players as Cody Riley, Jalen Hill and LiAngelo Ball - the brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.

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". Trump was in China for a visit at the same time as UCLA. Under watch by Hangzhou police, they've been staying at a lakeside hotel where they've been unable to leave.

UCLA won the game 63-60 on Saturday despite being without the three players, who are still in Hangzhou awaiting a resolution of their situation, ESPN reported on Monday.

Xi has promised to look into the case and ensure, as Trump has asked, that the players be treated fairly and expeditiously, a US official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, told The Post.

The case is almost a conclusion and indications are that charges against the three players will be reduced.

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Alford rejoined the rest of UCLA's team in Shanghai on Wednesday morning after the players were released.

"They're working on it right now". The players were also not permitted to fly home with the team.

Chinese authorities detained the UCLA freshmen for questioning about allegations of shoplifting before a recent game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.

Though people are voicing for the UCLA players, but if convicted, Ball and the others could be jailed for 10 years.

Several experts in Chinese law said charges and accompanying punishment will dependent on the value of the stolen goods.

"What they did was unfortunate", Trump told reporters in Manila. LaVar Ball and his youngest son, LaMelo, are expected to be in Hong Kong Tuesday evening to promote a pop-up shop for the family's athletic apparel line, Big Baller Brand.

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