Thursday, 14 December, 2017

UCLA Basketball Players Thank President Trump as They Return to US Soil

Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China Trump Calls Out Freed UCLA Players: 'Were Headed For 10 Years In Jail!'
Rita Gibson | 16 November, 2017, 17:28

The players - Cody Riley, Jalen Hill and LiAngelo Ball - were reportedly arrested last Tuesday in Hangzhou, China, ahead of a season-opening game against Georgia Tech.

Ball's father - the bombastic, headline-grabbing businessman LaVar Ball, whom Axios once wrote used "the Trump playbook to conquer sports media" - would send Trump a pair of his "Big Baller Brand" sneakers for Christmas, Cuban told Business Insider. They've been questioned about stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near their hotel. We are all very pleased that these young men have been allowed to return home to their families and university.

School officials said Chinese authorities withdrew the charges after the players admitted guilt. Trump told reporters Tuesday he discussed the basketball players' fate during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, and said that their departure for the USA was in the works.

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.

On Wednesday morning, Trump wondered on Twitter whether the players would thank him for his efforts, claiming that they had faced a possible sentence of 10 years in prison. He indicated that UCLA made "significant efforts" on behalf of its three players. And at a press conference later in the day, Ball, Hill, Riley and coach Steve Alford did in fact thank the president by name, in addition to the U.S. State Department and others.

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"I'd like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided us as well", Ball said.

"What they did was unfortunate", he added. "They do not play games".

US diplomats have been in contact with the families of the players and have also spoken with UCLA head coach Steve Alford.

"The relevant case involving three students has already been resolved according to law", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said without elaborating when asked at a regular briefing in Beijing about Trump's discussion of the issue with Xi.

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