UCLA basketball players flying home from China; Trump says their actions 'unfortunate'

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:30:03 AM. The three UCLA freshmen basketball players held in China for a week were seen at an airport Tuesday night checking into a flight bound for Los Angeles.
The three freshmen basketball players held in China for a week are on their way back to Los Angeles. LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley had been detained at a hotel in Hangzhou, accused by Chinese authorities of shoplifting a pair of designer sunglasses from an upscale store during the Bruins’ visit last week. The players are not facing any charges in China, according to a person close to the situation not authorized to comment publicly because of the sensitivity of the situation. However, it was not clear whether the resolution of the case came as a result of insufficient evidence or a negotiated deal. President Trump, speaking to reporters Air Force One on Tuesday before the trio’s release was known, implied there had been some type of impropriety. “What they did was unfortunate,” he said of the players. “You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences.” He added, referring to the Chinese, “They do not play games.” Trump credited Chinese President with intervening. “President Xi has been terrific on that subject. But that was not a good subject,” Trump said. “That was not something that should have happened.” The UCLA players boarded a Delta flight that left Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport at 9 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to land just after 5 p.m. PST at LAX. Any university-levied punishment has not been determined at this point. UCLA has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to discuss the matter. Ball, Hill and Riley will share a statement...Read more
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