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Arrested UCLA basketball players returning from China

Arrested UCLA basketball players returning from China

As previously shared, the three were in China for a game against Georgia Tech.

A source familiar with the investigation told ESPN that the players could be required to stay in china for up to two weeks.

They did not travel home with the rest of the team, but the Wall Street Journal reported that the young men were seen at a Chinese airport Tuesday night checking into a flight bound for Los Angeles.

The teammates' return pretty much is a best-case scenario for Ball and Co., who were arrested last Tuesday for allegedly shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou last week. The athletes were unable to play in the game, and they remain in China awaiting their fate while the rest of their team returned to the USA days ago.

News of the players' pending release comes two days after President Donald Trump made a personal plea to President Xi Jinping of China to assist in the case.




Arriving the day after the players were arrested, Trump reportedly raised the players' predicament during his visit to Beijing. "In this particular case, both Athletics and the Office of Student Conduct will review this incident and guide any action with respect to the involved students".

Guard LiAngelo Ball, brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball, and forwards Cody Riley and Jalen Hill did not play in the team's victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday in Shanghai. "Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared". The China Game is in its third year, and while the scandal was developing the league announced that California and Yale will play in next year's edition.

"The matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities" and the trio were allowed to leave Hangzhou, where they were detained a week ago, 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.