Three UCLA players are finally on their way home after being placed in China following allegations of shoplifting, in line with the Wall Street Journal. The players were reportedly seen boarding a flight from Shanghai to LA late Tuesday.
Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were accused of shoplifting Louis Vuitton sunglasses days before UCLA’s game in China against Georgia Tech on Friday. While the rest of the team flew home after the game, the three freshmen were forced to remain behind as the investigation enjoyed out.
Initial reports stated the players were likely to stay in China for a week or two and that they were facing up to a decade in prison.
The players were allowed to fly home hours after President Donald Trump discussed the problem with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Trump was in China for a check out at the same time as UCLA. He talked about the incident on his flight residence:
On Air Force A single, Pres Trump advised the press pool area he intervened with Pres Xi about 3 UCLA basketball players being placed in China on suspicion of shoplifting. “What they do was unfortunate. You know, you’re talking about lengthy prison sentences. They don’t play games.” – Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 14, 2017
“Hopefully everything is going to work out,” stated Pres Trump of the basketball players placed in China. “It’s a very rough situation,” but he stated Pres Xi is supporting out “and he’s been terrific on that subject.” Said he expectations the ballplayers will be arriving home soon. – Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 14, 2017
UCLA defeat Georgia Tech, 63-60, without the three freshmen.
We’ll update this history as it develops.