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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.
LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were taken into custody last week after they allegedly stole sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, where they were staying prior to traveling to Shanghai for Friday night’s game against Georgia Tech.
No. 21 UCLA won that game, 63-60. The three players were released from custody, but they did not travel with the team to Shanghai and they did not return to Los Angeles, according to reports. They must stay at their hotel in Hangzhou until legal process is complete.
The Post cites a U.S. official that said that Xi promised to look into the situation, and that “the charges against the players have been reduced and the case is proceeding toward a resolution.”
It’s not clear if indeed these players actually shoplifted in China or otherwise. The Chinese system can actually detained criminal for up to 2 months before charges are brought forward.
The faith of these guys are mot known in this case but the charges and details of it will become clearer as more news comes out if China.
Let’s us hope Chinese President involvement will throw more light on the case.