Asked about the trio and Trump's discussing the issue with Xi, China Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing in Beijing: "Until now, I have not received any update, so I am unable to provide any further information". They were first arrested Tue., Nov. 7.
The UCLA team had been in China for a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, which UCLA won 63-60. ESPN reported the team has returned to the United States, without the three detained players.
The UCLA shoplifting case in China, in which basketball player LiAngelo Ball and two others were arrested for allegedly stealing sunglasses from Louis Vuitton, has now drawn the White House's attention. The source noted that there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside of a high-end shopping center, which houses Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo stores.
The Post cites a US official that said that Xi promised to look into the situation, and that "the charges against the players have been reduced and the case is proceeding toward a resolution". Under watch by Hangzhou police, they've been staying at a lakeside hotel where they've been unable to leave.
New weather satellite scheduled to be launched on Tuesday
This interagency effort (JPSS) is the latest generation of US polar-orbiting, non-geosynchronous environmental satellites. The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 satellite , or JPSS-1, was set to launch into a polar orbit around Earth at 4:47 a.m.
In the meantime, the ball players will likely remain in a hotel in Hangzhou for at least another week.
The Ball patriarch has since been unnaturally silent during the whole ordeal, but did comment on Twitter that "It ain't that big a deal".
LaVar Ball later released a statement about the allegations against LiAngelo: "It is a very unfortunate situation that the Ball family and UCLA has to deal with at this particular time".