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Trump asked Xi to resolve Ball arrest

Trump asked Xi to resolve Ball arrest”

Trump arrived a day after the three players were arrested after allegedly shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou.

Chinese authorities have surveillance footage of the players in the store, and the three could be required to remain in China for another week.

Trump, who left Beijing on Friday for Vietnam and now the Philippines, personally requested that Xi ensure the case is resolved quickly and the three freshman players are treated fairly, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said in a telephone interview.

According to Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ball, Riley and Hill might serve the "house arrest" punishment at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou, the hotel where UCLA and Georgia Tech players had been staying ahead of their season-opener in Shanghai.

Ball, Riley and Hill were taken to the police station in Hangzhou, where they were kept for a number of hours, according to ESPN. Chinese lawyers told Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel last week the UCLA basketball players could serve between three and 10 years in prison, but the USA official told Nakamura their charges have been reduced.

President Donald Trump intervened to help the three UCLA men's basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, who were arrested for shoplifting while in China for a tournament last week. UCLA is one of the top basketball programs in the country, and the Ball family has become well known in the sports world, including LiAngelo's outspoken father, LaVar Ball.



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