UCLA basketball players arrested in China are headed home

Lucy Bush
November 16, 2017

The UCLA basketball team will host Central Arkansas on Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion.

President Trump said Tuesday he personally intervened with Chinese President Xi Jinping to seek the release of three USA college basketball players detained on shoplifting charges in China.

Even if Trump did solicit the recognition, Ball and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill all thanked the President for speaking to Chinese President Xi Jingping about their predicament during Trump's recent visit to China.

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball told reporters (via Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times) he hasn't seen LiAngelo since his brother returned to the United States. They were detained in China before their annual season-opening Pacific-12 game against Georgia Tech in Hangzhou last week, KCBS reported, citing the university.

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Trump said that Xi is helping out with the case and has been "terrific on that subject" and added that he hopes the players are able to return home soon.

According the Post report, Trump brought the issue to Xi, who promised that he would look into the matter. You know, you're talking about very long prison sentences.

News of the arrests was widespread not only in the United States but also in China, breaking just a day before Trump arrived in the country. The teams had traveled to Hangzhou earlier in the week to visit the headquarters of the game's sponsor, Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Guerrero also said charges against the trio were withdrawn, but they did admit to being guilty, per Nguyen. Pac-12 is the college athletic conference in which UCLA participates.

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"We take seriously any violations of the law", wrote Chancellor Gene Block in an email addressed to the campus community.

LiAngelo Ball is back in the U.S.

The incident began when local police were called to the hotel where both teams were staying and inspected UCLA's bus as players waited to depart for practice, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Ball's father, LaVar, said in a statement on social media that the process could take months.

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