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UCLA basketball players fly back to U.S. after shoplifting scandal in China

UCLA basketball players fly back to U.S. after shoplifting scandal in China

The three freshmen UCLA men's basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting are on their way back to Los Angeles.

Cody Riley, Jalen Hill, and LiAngelo Ball (the brother of L.A. Lakers star rookie Lonzo Ball, and the son of entrepreneur LaVar Ball - who has become a favorite of ESPN and Saturday Night Live for what many see as over-the-top promotion of his sons) are headed back to the USA with the matter reportedly having been resolved.

Ball - who is the younger brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball - Riley and Hill were forced to stay in their hotel and miss the game.

Trump spoke to reporters in the Philippines as he prepared to return to Washington after a almost two-week visit to Asia that included an earlier stop in Beijing.

The team stayed in Hangzhou before leaving for Shanghai on Tuesday. "They (the Chinese authorities) do not play games". You are talking about long prison sentences. The athletes were unable to play in the game, and they remain in China awaiting their fate while the rest of their team returned to the US days ago. The Bruins beat Georgia Tech 63-60 in their season opener in Shanghai on Saturday.

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Ball, Hill and Riley were released on bail last week, after getting arrested over allegations of shoplifting, NPR reported. This official indicated that charges against the players have been reduced and that the case is proceeding toward a resolution.

Ball's father, LaVar, said in a statement on social media that the process could take months. It's not clear when they'll return to the USA, which is where President Trump comes in.

The elder Ball has become a media personality by aggressively promoting his sons as future National Basketball Association superstars and had travelled to China on the trip to promote his Big Baller Brand shoe and apparel line.

Xi has promised to look into the case and ensure, as Trump has asked, that the players be treated fairly and expeditiously, a USA official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, told The Post.