Trump Asks China's President To Help Resolve UCLA Shoplifting Case

14 November, 2017, 16:10 | Author: Valerie Burke
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Xi promised Trump that the student athletes would be treated fairly, but given the country's history of racism against blacks and a justice system that has been called "flawed," the players' legal future remains uncertain.

The UCLA team had been in China for a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, which UCLA won 63-60. The players are LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill. They were accompanied by Chris Carlson, an associate athletic director who oversees the basketball team.

"We're doing fine", Carlson told the Times as the players, wearing Bruins workout gear, slipped into the elevator behind him. Ball wore brown headphones draped around his neck. They were released on bail after being questioned about the alleged crime but continued to remain in their hotel as authorities continued the investigation. 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.

Among the arrested was LiAngelo Ball, younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball.

The UCLA players are suspected of stealing from a Louis Vuitton outlet around the corner from the hotel, where some sunglasses go for $740.

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". Alibaba has assumed that role for the last three years and recently acquired broadcast rights to Pac-12 games including basketball and football.

UCLA didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, The Associated Press reported.

Bennett reported from Manila; DeButts from Hangzhou, China.

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