Sports Report: Detained UCLA players en route back to U.S. from China

19:08  14 november  2017
19:08  14 november  2017 Source:   thescore.com

LaVar Ball says son LiAngelo's arrest in China 'ain't that big a deal'

  LaVar Ball says son LiAngelo's arrest in China 'ain't that big a deal' LaVar Ball addresses his son LiAngelo's arrest on shoplifting charges in China. LiAngelo Ball is a freshman on the UCLA men's basketball team, which will play Georgia Tech in its season-opening game this week.LaVar Ball said Wednesday his son LiAngelo's arrest on shoplifting charges in China "ain't that big a deal," although the elder Ball also said he's lacking "intel" about the situation.

Three UCLA basketball players - including LiAngelo Ball - detained last week on suspicion of shoplifting in China flew back to the U . S . Tuesday Ball and fellow Bruins freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained last Tuesday after a reported theft of sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton

UCLA trio back in U . S ., returns to campus. Once- detained UCLA basketball players return from China . play . An anonymous U . S . official told The Washington Post that charges against the three players have been reduced. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report .

Three UCLA basketball players - including LiAngelo Ball - detained last week on suspicion of shoplifting in China are set to fly back to the U.S. Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal's James T. Arredy.

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The trio were seen at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport, checking into a Delta flight bound for Los Angeles, per the report.

The news came hours after President Donald Trump, on an Asian tour, said he had asked Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to help resolve the case. ''They're working on it right now,'' Trump said from the Philippines.

Ball and fellow Bruins freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained last Tuesday after a reported theft of sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton boutique in the city of Hangzhou. The three did not play in UCLA's exhibition game, and have been ensconced in a hotel since the incident.

Report: Trump asked Chinese president to resolve case of UCLA players

  Report: Trump asked Chinese president to resolve case of UCLA players During his two-day visit to China last week, President Donald Trump personally asked Chinese president Xi Jinping to help resolve the case of three UCLA basketball players who are accused of shoplifting and being detained in Hangzhou, sources told David Nakamura of the Washington Post.LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were arrested on Nov. 7. The incident was reportedly caught on surveillance.They were released on bail the following day, but have been detained at the team's hotel ever since, amidst an investigation into the incident.

JUST WATCHED. UCLA basketball players reportedly arrested. Chinese officials wouldn't confirm the ESPN report that Ball, Riley and Hill were arrested. UCLA is in China for a week-long visit and is scheduled to open its season in Shanghai on Saturday against Georgia Tech.

Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China last week arrived back back in Los Angeles on Tuesday, authorities said. Trump' s request was first reported by the Washington Post. Players to address media on Wednesday.

LiAngelo's father LaVar Ball was scheduled to make a promotional appearance Tuesday in Hong Kong.

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Donald Trump Fires Back At LaVar Ball: He is 'Just a Poor Man’s Version of Don King' .
President Donald Trump continued his war of words against LaVar Ball on Wednesday morning by calling him an "ungrateful foot" and "a poor man's version of Don King." Ball went on CNN to discuss the president's role in helping release his son, LiAngelo Ball, and two other UCLA basketball players from detention in China over a shoplifting charge. Ball questioned Trump's involvement in resolving the issue and said that he had nothing to be thankful from the president. Trump tweeted: "It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think..LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!" LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested for shoplifting in Hangzhou before a game against Georgia Tech in a tournament. Trump was on his own trip to China and says he discussed the players' status with Chinese president Xi Jinping. They returned to Los Angeles last week and apologized for their actions in a news conference. All three players and head coach Steve Alford thanked Trump for aiding in their release. They have been suspended indefinitely from the team. LaVar Ball was asked about Trump's role in LiAngelo's release and responded by saying, "Who? What was he over there for? Don’t tell me nothing. Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out.” Trump followed that up by saying he should have left the three players in jail and the Ball to CNN.

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