Trump sought Xi's help on UCLA players arrested in China

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2017

Trump learned about the details of the cases from aides, including Kelly, said the official familiar with the internal discussions.

UCLA won Saturday's game in Shanghai 63-60 without the three players. "He's been terrific", Trump said, in an apparent reference to Xi. ESPN reported the team has returned to the United States, without the three detained players.

According to the Post, ESPN reported that surveillance footage was acquired by Chinese authorities and the players may only be required to stay "for a week or two".

A UCLA spokesperson declined to address whether the players would face disciplinary action from the school upon their return, nor to say who was paying for the players' extended stay at the Hyatt Regency, where standard rooms were commanding about $278 per night on the hotel's website. 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.

The Bruins visited China to play in a game sponsored by Alibaba, an e-commerce giant based in Hangzhou. "It has provided a real distraction and unwanted publicity, which distracts from what overall has been a tremendous experience and a tremendous week for the UCLA and Georgia Tech students".

Bennett reported from Manila; DeButts from Hangzhou, China. His father, LaVar, was actually in China with his son.

If the charges have been downgraded, that would be good news, indeed, for the three accused players.

Three UCLA players are finally on their way back home after being held in China following allegations of shoplifting, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The family is now filming a reality show called "Ball in the Family" and recently started an athletic apparel company, Big Baller Brand, "inspired by the Ball brothers".

On Wednesday morning, LaVar had been expected to address the media from his hotel suite in Shanghai, but he said he was advised by legal counsel not to speak "due to the legal nature of the matter". He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal.

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