Trump asked Xi to look at cases of UCLA basketball players


A person with knowledge of the investigation told ESPN the three players could be in Hangzhou for a week or two.

Police reportedly came to the players' hotel and took them down to the precinct to be "questioned about stealing from a Louis Vuitton store next to the UCLA basketball team's hotel in Hangzhou".

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".

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

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping talked UCLA basketball while Trump was in China for a state visit, but the conversation wasn't about how good the Bruins will be this season.

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LaVar Ball, the (very) outspoken father of LiAngelo, high school basketball star LaMelo Ball and Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, has yet to comment on his middle son's release, but we're sure it's only a matter of time.

The news of Trump's involvement was greeted with a range of surprise, outrage and opinions about the Ball family by people weighing in on social media. It was reported that the three UCLA players could serve up to 10 years in prison, but instead, they only stayed an extra few days in a luxury hotel before departing Tuesday evening. Trump said he was hopeful the athletes would return home soon.

The case is almost a conclusion and indications are that charges against the three players will be reduced.

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