UCLA basketball players arrested in China are headed home

Cheryl Sanders
November 15, 2017

KTLA shares that the freshmen on the UCLA men's basketball team accused of shoplifting from Louis Vuitton store in city of Hangzhou could be in the foreign country for months. 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 US days ago. Neither made any mention of the UCLA players' arrests.

Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting are returning home to the United States Tuesday.

The players were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the 23rd-ranked Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai as part of the Pac-12 China game. Trump described Xi's response as "terrific". Ball, along with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, will not have to return to the country for any further proceedings, and their future travel from/to the country has not been affected.

Three UCLA basketball players were freed from Chinese custody shortly after President Trump's visit to Asia. "You know, you're talking about very long prison sentences".

President Trump, who is on his way back from a 12-day Asian tour, said he personally intervened with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week about the three players.

Ball - a brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball - Riley and Hill are scheduled to speak to reporters at UCLA on Wednesday morning, along with UCLA head coach Steve Alford and Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, the school said. "They [the Chinese authorities] do not play games".

Citing a source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation, ESPN reported the players could be in Hangzhou for "a week or two" while the situation is resolved.

UCLA, one of the most storied names in U.S. college basketball with 11 men's NCAA championships, won Saturday's game in Shanghai 63-60 without the three players.

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