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Trump asked Xi Jinping to help UCLA basketball players busted shoplifting

14 November, 2017, 01:13 | Author: Glenda Knight
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The president spent two days in China with Xi, discussing North Korea and trade relations among other issues.

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. Theft of this nature is taken much more harshly in China than it is in the United States, and these players are finding that out the hard way.

LiAngelo Ball and fellow UCLA freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were left in Hangzhou, China, as the rest of the team flew back to the U.S. Saturday night, according to an AP report.

After Trump raised the matter, Xi promised to look into the case and ensure the players would be treated fairly and expeditiously, said a US official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

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David Nakamura of the Washington Post reports that Trump personally reached out to Jinping in an effort to help expedite the proceedings. The source also said there is surveillance video that shows the players allegedly shoplifting from three stores. Under watch by Hangzhou police, they've been staying at a lakeside hotel where they've been unable to leave.

Trump Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has already been in touch with the families of the three players as well as university officials including UCLA coach Steve Alford.

Several experts in Chinese law said charges and accompanying punishment will dependent on the value of the stolen goods.

The team has since returned home, without Ball, Riley and Hill. As he was leaving the hotel, LaVar Ball downplayed LiAngelo's arrest, telling ESPN: "He'll be fine".

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