Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Trump Asked Xi's Help in Case of Detained US Basketball Players

Trump Asked Xi's Help in Case of Detained US Basketball Players

President Donald Trump has personally asked for Chinese general secretary Xi Jinping to look into the arrests involving UCLA players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, The Washington Post reported. They were arrested Tuesday and released on bail early Wednesday morning.

Trump visited the country to discuss trade matters, tour the destination's popular attractions, and nuclear weapons concerning North Korea.

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An anonymous USA official told The Washington Post that after Trump brought the situation up, Xi said he would ensure fair treatment and expeditious legal processing for the players.

The trio must stay at their hotel in Hangzhou until legal process is complete.

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According to a report from Joshua Berlinger of CNN, the three players could face between three and 10 years in a Chinese prison if convicted of grand larceny. The source told ESPN there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside a high-end retail center. The U.S. official who spoke with the Post also indicated that charges against the players have been reduced and that the case is proceeding toward a resolution.

The Post reported that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been in touch with the players' families and spoken to UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford.

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UCLA was in China for a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai, which the Bruins won 63-30 despite not the three arrested players not participating. Three players were questioned from each team. He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal. "We will comment shortly".

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