Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Donald Trump asked China's president to help resolve UCLA basketball player arrests

LiAngelo Ball Arrested In China for Shoplifting ... UCLA Cooperating with Officials Donald Trump asked the president of China to resolve the LiAngelo Ball shoplifting case
Kenny Thornton | 13 November, 2017, 23:08

The UCLA men's basketball team flew back to the USA over the weekend without forwards Jalen Hill and Cody Riley and guard LiAngelo Ball, brother of Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball.

"During President Trump's two-day visit to Beijing he asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case of the three UCLA players that were arrested for shoplifting during the team's trip to Hangzhou, according to the Washington Post".

Trump raised the issue with Xi during their meeting on Saturday, The Washington Post reports, and Xi promised the players will be fairly treated. Hangzhou, China, police arrested the three Bruins last week on shoplifting charges, and they didn't fly home with the rest of the team. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Trump and Xi talked about the case. Xi promised the players will receive fair treatment and their cases would be handled hastily, Nakamura reports, citing an anonymous US official. The players could reportedly stay in the country for a "week or two". The Post cited an official who indicated charges against the players have been reduced and the case is close to resolution.

European Union states start new joint military investment program
This could take place at the next Foreign Affairs Council on 11th December. Mogherini said the move would complement NATO's security aims.

"It has provided a real distraction and unwanted publicity, which distracts from what overall has been a tremendous experience and a tremendous week for the UCLA and Georgia Tech students", Scott said before the game.

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". The Los Angeles Lakers selected his brother, Lonzo Ball, with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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