UCLA basketball players suspected of shoplifting in China are headed home

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said early Tuesday that the Bruins players, detained November 7, are on a plane bound for Los Angeles, adding that the "matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities".

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.

Trump talked to Xi about the arrests during a state visit last week to Beijing, part of the president's five-nation Asian trip, The Washington Post reported. They will not take questions from the media, AP reported. Trump told reporters Tuesday that Xi had been helpful in working to resolve the case. "What they did was unfortunate".

If you're a basketball fan, you probably know who LiAngelo Ball is. It's not clear when they'll return to the USA, which is where President Trump comes in.

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.

According to ESPN, they were nabbed on suspicion of stealing from a Louis Vuitton store and later freed on bail but ordered to remain in Hangzhou.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Tuesday that the players had been seen boarding a plane bound for LAX.

Even with Trump's help resolving the matter, the future of Ball, Hill and Riley with UCLA is still up in the air.

Cody Riley, Jalen Hill, and LiAngelo Ball (the brother of L.A. Lakers star rookie Lonzo Ball, and the son of entrepreneur LaVar Ball - who has become a favorite of ESPN and Saturday Night Live for what many see as over-the-top promotion of his sons) are headed back to the USA with the matter reportedly having been resolved. "We're happy the young men from UCLA and Georgia Tech will have a chance to experience that and I'm sure that will leave an indelible mark".

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