Trump asks China's Xi to intervene in case of arrested UCLA players

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the APEC CEO Summit part of the broader Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders summit in Danang Vietnam

Trump raised the issue with his Chinese counterpart during a two-day state visit to Beijing. Theft of this nature is taken much more harshly in China than it is in the United States, and these players are finding that out the hard way.

A source told the Los Angeles Times that a representative from the team and PAC-12 are staying with the players.

According to David Nakamura of the Washington Post, President Donald Trump called Chinese President Xi Jinping in hopes of resolving the shoplifting case against UCLA Bruins freshman basketball player LiAngelo Ball and two of his college teammates.

That may have led to some legal help too. The trio did not play in the game against Georgia Tech, missing out on a win in Shanghai, The Washington Post reported.

According to Nakamura, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to him via email that Trump personally reached out to Jinping.


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.

If the charges have been downgraded, that would be good news, indeed, for the three accused players.

The team has since returned home, without Ball, Riley and Hill. Neither made any mention of the UCLA players' arrests.

The family is now filming a reality show called "Ball in the Family" and recently started an athletic apparel company, Big Baller Brand, "inspired by the Ball brothers". As he was leaving the hotel, LaVar Ball downplayed LiAngelo's arrest, telling ESPN: "He'll be fine".

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