Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump Asked Xi To Resolve UCLA Basketball Player Case

Trump Asked Xi To Resolve UCLA Basketball Player Case

According to The Washington Post, President Donald Trump has "personally asked his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to help resolve the case".

UCLA defeated Georgia Tech 63-60 in China on Friday without the three players, a group that also includes freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley.

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

The UCLA trio arrested in China apparently has gained a high-powered ally. Reportedly, the Ball family will open a pop-up store in Hong Kong on Tuesday (Nov. 14).

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According to a report over the weekend from ESPN, the players could be in China for another week or two, dependent upon how quickly the legal process can be resolved.

Trump brought up the matter in talks with Xi on Saturday in Beijing and the Chinese leader promised the players from UCLA would be treated fairly and expeditiously, The Washington Post reported. The source noted that there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside of a high-end shopping center, which houses Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo stores. According to the Post, an unidentified US official said the players' charges have been reduced and that the case is moving forward. Three players were questioned from each team. ESPN reported the team has returned to the United States, without the three detained players. UCLA will play its home opener against Central Arkansas on Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion. He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal.

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