UCLA Basketball players arrested in China for theft as Trump visits
UCLA Basketball players arrested in China for theft as Trump visits

President Donald Trump is hearing complete silence from the trio of UCLA basketball players, despite his successful full-court press to get China to drop shoplifting charges against them.

The three UCLA players, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, were arrested after being accused of stealing designer sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou. The president, while on a tour of Asia, urged his Chinese counterpart to let them go, and may have been looking for some credit Wednesday.

“Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!” the president tweeted.

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During his visit to Bejing, China last week, Fox News actually confirmed that Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case.


Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, the leader of the western U.S. collegiate athletic conference, said that the matter had “been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.”

The three players arrived at Los Angeles International airport late Tuesday afternoon, while the rest of the team returned to the United States on Saturday.

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Scott thanked President Trump, the White House and the State Department for their efforts in resolving the incident, indicating that UCLA made “significant efforts,” as well, on behalf of its three players.

The team was playing their season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, and won the game 63-60.

Update 2:30 PM EST 11/15/2017

The three UCLA players gave a press conference thanking President Trump, as well as others involved. See: UCLA players thank Trump for getting them out of China after shoplifting bust (Video)

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