LiAngelo Ball, UCLA Teammates Reportedly Freed After Shoplifting Arrest

LiAngelo Ball, UCLA Teammates Reportedly Freed After Shoplifting Arrest

UCLA, one of the most storied names in United States college basketball with 11 men's NCAA championships, won Saturday's game in Shanghai 63-60 without the three players.

Trump spoke to reporters in the Philippines as he prepared to return to Washington after a almost two-week visit to Asia that included an earlier stop in Beijing.

Riley, Hill and Ball were arrested on suspicion of shoplifting from three high-end stores in a shopping center next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou but were released on bail November 8. LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store.

Three UCLA basketball players held in China for a week are on their way back to Los Angeles, according to the L.A. Times.

Per Chinese law, the three players could face significant prison sentences of three to 10 years if convicted of grand larceny. "And hopefully everything is going to work out", Trump said on board Air Force One, before word of the trio's return appeared.

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Trump said Tuesday he had a long conversation about the three players' status with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. "Finally, we want to thank the President, the White House and the U.S. State Department for their efforts towards resolution". The teams had travelled to Hangzhou earlier in the week to visit the headquarters of the game's sponsor, Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Ball, Riley and Hill were arrested in Hangzhou ahead of a scheduled game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.

The news of Trump's involvement was greeted with a range of surprise, outrage and opinions about the Ball family by people weighing in on social media.

All charges against the basketball players have been dropped, according to a report from China Sports Insider. LaVar Ball and his youngest son, LaMelo, are expected to be in Hong Kong Tuesday evening to promote a pop-up shop for the family's athletic apparel line, Big Baller Brand.

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