Bill Plaschke: What is UCLA supposed to do with the basketball players who were detained in China?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 02:18:35 PM. The three UCLA freshman basketball players detained in China are finally coming home, but the embarrassing story isn’t over. What do the Bruins do with them now?
The three UCLA freshman basketball players detained in China are finally coming home, but the embarrassing story isn’t over. What do the Bruins do with them now? LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were on a flight back to Los Angeles on Tuesday after being confined to their Hangzhou hotel for a week on suspicion of shoplifting during UCLA’s recent visit, but their saga continues. Once back, will they be allowed to return to the basketball court? It is important to note that the players were freed without charges being filed in China. Yet indications are that something happened, and it wasn’t good. There was one media report that the players were caught on surveillance video stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store, and another that they shoplifted from several stores. President Trump said Tuesday that he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the situation. Describing that conversation, he implied that some wrongdoing had occurred. “President Xi has been terrific on that subject,’’ Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One near the conclusion of his two-week visit to Asia. “But that was not a good subject. That was not something that should have happened.’’ Trump also said: “What they did was unfortunate. You know you’re talking about very long prison sentences. They do not play games.’’ The players are scheduled to appear in front of the media with school officials and make a statement Wednesday morning, but here’s guessing they won’t offer many concrete...Read more
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