UCLA basketball trio arrives home from China; Trump calls their actions 'unfortunate'

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 02:18:53 PM. Three UCLA freshmen basketball players held in China for a week on suspicion of shoplifting arrived home in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening. They will appear at a news conference at UCLA on Wednesday morning. President Trump credited Chinese President Xi Jinping with help facilitate their return.
The three UCLA basketball players walked slowly through the airport terminal, a barrage of camera flashes reflecting off their gray jackets as questions were shouted at them. “Did LaVar pay for your bail? … Do you have a message for Trump? … Why would you take that stuff?” LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill said nothing upon their return from China on Tuesday evening. The 111/2-hour Delta flight carrying the trio of freshmen had just arrived at Los Angeles International Airport from Shanghai, ending a nearly weeklong ordeal in which they had been questioned over the alleged shoplifting of designer sunglasses. The players do not face any charges in China, according to a person close to the situation not authorized to comment publicly because of the sensitivity of the situation, but any punishment levied by UCLA has not been determined. It was not clear whether the resolution of the case in China came as a result of insufficient evidence or a negotiated deal involving President Trump, who intervened on the players’ behalf last week with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. Trump, speaking to reporters on Air Force One on Tuesday, implied that there had been some type of misconduct involving the players. “What they did was unfortunate,” Trump said. “You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences. ... They do not play games” in China. Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times UCLA freshmen basketball players, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, return after being held...Read more
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