Friday, 17 November, 2017

Arrested UCLA players returning from China

Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China Trump personally asked China's Xi to help resolve shoplifting case against 3 UCLA basketball players, report says
Kenny Thornton | 15 November, 2017, 05:10

Media outlets reported that the three were on a Delta flight to Los Angeles. UCLA is scheduled to host Central Arkansas Wednesday at Pauley Pavilion.

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.

It became a huge matter on the campus of UCLA, it made waves across the college basketball scene and was such a high-profile story that the U.S. State Department got involved.

"We are all very pleased that these young men have been allowed to return home to their families and university", Scott said.

Since the matter did not occur on the court, it would be up to UCLA whether the players will be punished, Scott said. Ball, along with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, will not have to return to the country for any further proceedings, and their future travel from/to the country has not been affected. Instead, they are being talked about exclusively for their actions off the court. That LiAngelo Ball is the brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, of the now famous basketball family of patriarch Lavar Ball, has only increased interest. The elder Ball played one season in Westwood and left early for the National Basketball Association draft.

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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".

The Balls' outspoken father, LaVar, was in China at the time of the incident.

Forwards Hill and Riley, both four-star recruits, figure to bolster 7-foot senior Thomas Welsh in the frontcourt.

The world is watching the events unfold in China with interest, and speculation over what may happen to them includes everything from a slap on the wrist to 10 years in prison.

Chinese authorities detained the UCLA freshmen for questioning about allegations of shoplifting before a recent game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.

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