Donald Trump asks Chinese president to help in UCLA case

Beth Cruz
November 14, 2017

Trump raised the issue with his Chinese counterpart during a two-day state visit to Beijing.

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.

Last week, UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were questioned and arrested in Hangzhou, China, for allegedly shoplifting from stores inside a high-end shopping center located inside the hotel where the Bruins were staying before their game against Georgia Tech.

A US official told the Washington Post that Xi promised Trump he would look into the case and make sure the players would be treated fairly.

That may have led to some legal help too.

Citing sources familiar with the situation, ESPN's Arash Markazi reported Saturday the UCLA basketball players are expected to remain in China for "a week or two".

Trump will return home and say the trip was a huge success, while Xi will believe the home field advantage really works.

The State Department typically takes the lead on cases involving U.S. citizens who are arrested overseas, and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing is aware of the case, officials said. LiAngelo Ball's family is in Hong Kong marketing $495 Big Baller Brand shoes, according to a tweet from LaVar Ball.

Alford rejoined the rest of UCLA's team in Shanghai on Wednesday morning after the players were released. "Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also might have spoken about the case with Trump, the official said", according to the Post.

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