Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump Asked Xi To Resolve UCLA Basketball Player Case

Trump Asked Xi To Resolve UCLA Basketball Player Case

President Donald Trump called on Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case involving UCLA freshman LiAngelo Ball and two other basketball players who were apprehended on shoplifting charges in China, the Washington Post reported Monday.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed in an email that Trump raised the matter with Xi, The Post reported.

The three players, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, did not play in the team's win over Georgia Tech on Saturday in Shanghai. They were arrested Tuesday and released on bail early Wednesday morning.

The trio must stay at their hotel in Hangzhou until legal process is complete.

The players remained in China after not being allowed to leave the country, awaiting their ruling from the Chinese court system. The source also said there is surveillance video that shows the players allegedly shoplifting from three stores.

Xi promised to look into the case and said the players would be treated fairly, a USA official told the Post.

Trump Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has already been in touch with the families of the three players as well as university officials including UCLA coach Steve Alford.

A US official speaking to Nakamura on the condition of anonymity said that the case is proceeding towards a resolution with reduced charges in the matter. The players were also not permitted to fly home with the team.

Mr. Trump arrived in Beijing as part of his 12-day Asia trip one day after the players' arrest. As he was leaving the hotel, LaVar Ball downplayed LiAngelo's arrest, telling ESPN: "He'll be fine". He reportedly said that his son's arrest was "not a big deal".

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