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

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

After facing 3-10 years in a Chinese Prison, LiAngelo Ball and his two UCLA teammates have the commander in chief in their corner fighting to get them out of China and back in the states as soon as possible. Hangzhou, China, police arrested the three Bruins last week on shoplifting charges, and they didn't fly home with the rest of the team. The players could reportedly stay in the country for a "week or two".

According to The Washington Post, Trump "personally asked" Xi Jinping, China's president, to assist with remedying the arrest of three UCLA men's basketball players - LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley.

That may have led to some legal help too.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to The Post that Trump raised the matter with Xi.

Let's hope this all does come to a close soon enough, otherwise we may end up having to let LaVar Ball try his hand at reaching an agreement with China.

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Ball, Riley and Hill are now confided to their Hangzhou hotel and reportedly may have to wait up to two weeks until they are able to return home.

The U.S. State Department and UCLA Athletics officials have declined to say how long legal proceedings might take, according to Reuters.

If the charges have been downgraded, that would be good news, indeed, for the three accused players.

Ball, Riley and Hill were released on bail Wednesday but are reportedly confined to their hotel in Hangzhou. They made no public mention of the UCLA case. LiAngelo Ball's family is in Hong Kong marketing $495 Big Baller Brand shoes, according to a tweet from LaVar Ball.

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