Trump asks China's Xi to intervene in case of arrested UCLA players

President Trump reportedly addressed the UCLA shoplifting case to Chinese president Xi Jinping

President Trump reportedly addressed the UCLA shoplifting case to Chinese president Xi Jinping

David Nakamura of the Washington Post reports that Donald Trump has personally asked Chinese president Xi Jinping for help resolving the case.

Trump addressed the arrests during a two-day visit with Xi last week in Beijing.

Ball, the brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, and two other teammates, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were arrested in Hangzhou last week for stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store during a preseason tour. 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.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed in an email that Trump raised the matter with Xi.

A source told Markazi that there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside a high-end shopping center, which houses Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo stores.

As reported earlier by The Root, the players did not play in the game they came to China for against Georgia Tech in Shanghai, nor did they fly home with the team.

Three UCLA basketball players were arrested November 7 in Hangzhou, China, on suspicion of shoplifting. Ball and his two teammates were released on bail Wednesday and ordered to stay at a hotel in Hangzhou for a week or two. The official indicated the charges against the players have been reduced and that the case is proceeding toward a resolution.

Ball, the second son of outspoken and high-profile sports dad, LaVar Ball, is set to begin his freshman season at UCLA.

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