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UCLA basketball players flying home after Trump asks Chinese leader for help

15 November 2017

The freshman players have been accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou. "Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared".

There has been no statement from UCLA about whether the three players will take part in the Bruins' home opener against Central Arkansas on Wednesday night. They made no public mention of the UCLA case.

The Washington Post reported Monday that a US official indicated that shoplifting charges against the players have been reduced, and the case could be resolved soon.

It wasn't clear under what terms the players were freed to return to the U.S.

"We are all very pleased that these young men have been allowed to return home", said Scott. The players are LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill. Instead, they are being talked about exclusively for their actions off the court.

"We are grateful for the role that our Chinese hosts played, and for the courtesy and professionalism of the local authorities", Scott said.

Ball, who is the brother of Los Angeles Lakers rising star rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and the son of the outspoken Big Baller Brand founder LaVar Ball, now remains in China with his two teammates.

The men's college basketball season started earlier this month.

LaVar Ball and his youngest son, LaMelo, were in Hong Kong on Tuesday evening to promote a pop-up shop for the family's athletic apparel line, Big Baller Brand.

Forwards Hill and Riley, both four-star recruits, figure to bolster 7-foot senior Thomas Welsh in the frontcourt.

If the three Bruins are going to be detained in China for another two weeks, they could miss up to five games before they get back on USA soil, missing contests against Central Arkansas, South Carolina State, Creighton, Baylor/Wisconsin and UC Irvine.

The UCLA and Georgia Tech squads were in Hangzhou for a side trip to the headquarters of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

UCLA basketball players flying home after Trump asks Chinese leader for help