President Trump gets involved in UCLA basketball players' shoplifting case

President Trump gets involved in UCLA basketball players' shoplifting case

Xi said he wanted to be sure that the three UCLA players are to be treated fairly and expeditiously, as said by a USA official who spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Last week, UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were questioned and arrested in Hangzhou, China, for allegedly shoplifting from stores inside a high-end shopping center located inside the hotel where the Bruins were staying before their game against Georgia Tech.

According to a report from Joshua Berlinger of CNN, the three players could face between three and 10 years in a Chinese prison if convicted of grand larceny.

Trump arrived in China on a diplomatic visit one day after the UCLA players were arrested. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Trump and Xi talked about the case. News also broke that Chinese authorities reported having surveillance video of the trio stealing from several other stores that same day.

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U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he will make a statement on North Korea and trade issues following his return to Washington from Asia this week.

Ball, Riley and Hill were taken to the police station in Hangzhou, where they were kept for a number of hours, according to ESPN. UCLA will play its home opener against Central Arkansas on Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion.

LaVar Ball later released a statement about the allegations against LiAngelo: "It is a very unfortunate situation that the Ball family and UCLA has to deal with at this particular time".

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