Trump asked Chinese president for help over arrested UCLA basketball players

Trump asked Chinese president for help over arrested UCLA basketball players

Trump asked about the arrests during his two-day visit to China last week, which happened to begin one day after the three players were arrested for allegedly shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store. A Bruins representative is staying with the players, and Ball's brother, Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, said their father, Lavar, is remaining in China as well.

According to a source, Xi pledged to look into the matter and ensure that the players will be treated fairly.

That may have led to some legal help too.

According to the Washington Post, Trump spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping to try to bring closure to the situation.

Let's hope this all does come to a close soon enough, otherwise we may end up having to let LaVar Ball try his hand at reaching an agreement with China.

According to a report over the weekend from ESPN, the players could be in China for another week or two, dependent upon how quickly the legal process can be resolved. The players were arrested last week and charged with shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store located next to the team's hotel. Kelly remains in contact with Chinese authorities, and the anonymous USA official told the newspaper that charges against the three players have been reduced and that the case is headed toward a resolution.

The good news is that everything seems to be working towards a resolution.

Ball, Riley and Hill were released on bail Wednesday but are reportedly confined to their hotel in Hangzhou. He reportedly said that his son's arrest was "not a big deal".

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