Arrested UCLA players returning from China

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The three players were not allowed to participate in the Bruins' Saturday game in Hangzhou, China, which UCLA won 63-60.

UCLA's trip coincided with Trump's two-day state visit to the Chinese capital, Beijing, as part of his 13-day trip to Asia.

UCLA Bruins freshman basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were set to land in Los Angeles at 5:30pm local time Tuesday.

The teammates' return pretty much is a best-case scenario for Ball and Co., who were arrested last Tuesday for allegedly shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou last week.

"The matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities" and the trio were allowed to leave Hangzhou, where they were detained a week ago, Scott said.


Xi has promised to look into the case and ensure, as Trump has asked, that the players be treated fairly and expeditiously, a US official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, told The Post.

UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford, the three players and athletic director Dan Guerrero will make their first public comments regarding the situation on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles.

Since the matter did not occur on the court, it would be up to UCLA whether the players will be punished, Scott said. In addition to this, Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly has been in contact with the families of the players as well as Chinese authorities to try to bring the situation to a conclusion.

The case is almost a conclusion and indications are that charges against the three players will be reduced. UCLA is one of the top basketball programs in the country, and the Ball family has become well known in the sports world, including LiAngelo's outspoken father, LaVar Ball.

According to a report from Joshua Berlinger of CNN, the three players could face between three and 10 years in a Chinese prison if convicted of grand larceny. Trump said he was hopeful the athletes would return home soon.

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