LiAngelo Ball Facing House Arrest In China For Stealing Louis Vuitton Sunglasses

Cheryl Sanders
November 13, 2017

LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley did not play in UCLA's win over Georgia Tech on Friday night, and did not travel back with the team.

With the players stranded in China and at the mercies of the Chinese legal system, President Trump reached out to China's leader to ask him to look into the case, according to the Washington Post.

Trump arrived a day after the three players were arrested after allegedly shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed in an email that Trump raised the matter with Xi, The Post reported. Ball and his two teammates were released on bail Wednesday and ordered to stay at a hotel in Hangzhou for a week or two.

Last week, the trio were arrested for stealing sunglasses from Louis Vuitton and then it was later revealed they stole from Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo stores as well. The athletes were unable to play in the game, and they remain in China awaiting their fate while the rest of their team returned to the USA days ago. However, the charges against the players were reduced and the case was headed toward a resolution, a source told ESPN.

President Donald Trump intervened to help the three UCLA men's basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, who were arrested for shoplifting while in China for a tournament last week. That LiAngelo Ball is the brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, of the now famous basketball family of patriarch Lavar Ball, has only increased interest.

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