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UCLA basketball players arrested in China are headed home

UCLA basketball players arrested in China are headed home

"Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump?" he tweeted.

US President Donald Trump said he personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help the three Americans accused of shoplifting. TMZ reports that Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley just touched down at LAX airport moments ago following a 13-hour flight out from Shanghai, China.

The trio were held on suspicion of stealing from a Louis Vuitton store and later freed on bail but ordered to remain in the picturesque Chinese city.

"After Trump raised the matter, Xi promised to look into the case and ensure that the players are treated fairly and expeditiously, said a US official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation", the Post reported.

A UCLA Athletics representative wrote in an email Tuesday morning that Riley, Hill and Ball will share statements with the media Wednesday at approximately 11 a.m., followed by coach Steve Alford and athletic director Dan Guerrero.

Wetzel initially reported that the players may face 3-10 years imprisonment for shoplifting, but according to the China Law Translate, the penalties for shoplifting "can vary greatly".

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"Before I thank everybody who worked so incredibly hard helping us returning home safely, I want to thank the Chinese government and the police for taking care of us". The players were not allowed to play in the game after they were arrested or return to the United States with the team. However, the fact that the charges have been reduced means that the players and their families have cooperated with authorities, which may include actions such as admittance to wrongdoing and providing compensation for the stolen items. Pac-12 is the college athletic conference in which UCLA participates.

The 3 UCLA players are likely to be punished by UCLA in the near future. He said such proceedings would be confidential.

LaVar, LaMelo and Tina Ball - the family's matriarch - all went to China to watch LiAngelo play his first game as a Bruin and promote the opening of a Big Baller Brand pop-up shop in Shanghai.

However, some have pointed out that UCLA officials might be concerned with how well lengthy suspensions may sit with LaVar Ball, LiAngelo's father, who was with the Bruins in China when the arrests occurred and said of them, "It ain't that big of a deal".

In waiting to announce its disciplinary measures for Ball, Hill and Riley, UCLA might be trying to gauge how light a punishment it can get away with meting out.

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