3 UCLA Basketball Players Headed Home After Simple Detainment In China
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The three UCLA men’s basketball players who were detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting are actually on their way home, according to Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. The teenagers – LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley – spent roughly a week in police-ordered detention at their hotel in Hangzhou, China, before they boarded a trip back to Los Angeles.
“The matter has got been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities,” Scott said in a assertion released Tuesday. “We all have been very pleased these young men have been allowed to return home to their families and university.”
Scott likewise said the athletic meeting was “grateful for the role that our Chinese hosts played” and thanked President Trump, his administration and the State Department “because of their efforts toward resolution.”
Trump, who was wrapping up his 12-time trip through Asia, said that he had advocated for the UCLA players, who had been in China for an exhibition of Pac-12 teams.
“I had an excellent dialogue” with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump told reporters Tuesday before leaving Manila. “What they does was unfortunate. You’re talking about very long prison sentences. They do not play games. He was terrific and they are working on it at this time.”
“President Xi provides been terrific on that subject matter,” Trump added. “It was not a good subject matter. It was not something that should have happened.”
ESPN explained the way the players got into this situation:
“The players were questioned the other day about allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton retail outlet next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou, where the Bruins have been staying before leaving for Shanghai to face Georgia Tech on Saturday. They were introduced on bail early on Wednesday morning and have been residing at a lakeside hotel in Hangzhou since that time. “A source advised ESPN’s Arash Markazi that there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three retailers inside a high-end shopping center, which homes Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo retailers. “An anonymous U.S. official told The Washington Content that expenses against the three players have been reduced.”
The UCLA men’s basketball team had already returned to the U.S. without the three freshmen athletes.
Scott says he expects the Pac-12 China Game to be held again next season.