Trump says Chinese leader helping in case against UCLA players

Trump says Chinese leader helping in case against UCLA players

Trump says Chinese leader helping in case against UCLA players

LiAngelo Ball is a younger brother of former UCLA star Lonzo Ball, who plays with the Los Angeles Lakers.

ESPN has reported, citing anonymous sources, that authorities have surveillance footage of thefts from three stores inside the mall near the team hotel in Hangzhou. They were released on bail early Wednesday morning and have been staying at a lakeside hotel in Hangzhou since then while the team had been in Shanghai preparing for Saturday's game.

Ball and his teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill are still detained in their Hangzhou hotel as of today and are expected to stay for "a week or two", according to updated reports by ESPN.

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UCLA was in China for a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai, which the Bruins won 63-30 despite not the three arrested players not participating. He asked for Xi's help in settling the case quickly and ensuring that the players, all freshmen, were treated fairly, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told The Times.

The official was quoted as saying that the charges against the players have been reduced and that the case is proceeding toward a resolution. Los Angeles Lakers rookie and big bro Lonzo also did not have much involvement on the issue and, per instructions of his team and family, focused more instead on fixing his early-season struggles with the 16-time National Basketball Association champion franchise. The players were also not permitted to fly home with the team. UCLA representatives, including Alford, were at the police station along with the players. Trump said nothing about human rights in China, letting Xi believe it's no longer an American priority.

Though people are voicing for the UCLA players, but if convicted, Ball and the others could be jailed for 10 years.

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"What they did was unfortunate", Trump told reporters earlier in Manila. UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero visited all three players Friday.

But the likelihood of China throwing the book at the trio was probably low with the leaders of the world's two biggest economies keen to make nice for the state visit.

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