China re­leases three UCLA play­ers af­ter Trump in­ter­venes

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Three UCLA bas­ket­ball play­ers were on their way back to the U.S. Tues­day af­ter Pres­i­dent Trump asked China’s pres­i­dent per­son­ally to in­ter­vene on their shoplift­ing charges.

Li An­gelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Ri­ley, who were ar­rested af­ter be­ing ac­cused of steal­ing de­signer sun­glasses from a Louis Vuit­ton store next to the team’s ho­tel in Hangzhou, were re­leased and were trav­el­ing back home. The rest of the UCLA team re­turned home last Satur­day.

Trump said Tues­day he per­son­ally in­ter­vened with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping to seek their re­lease. “I had a great con­ver­sa­tion with Pres­i­dent Xi,” Trump told re­porters. “He was ter­rific, and they’re work­ing on it right now.”

The team’s trip to play its sea­son open­ing win over Ge­or­gia Tech in Shang­hai co­in­cided with Trump’s state visit to Bei­jing.

“What they did was un­for­tu­nate,” Trump said. You’re talk­ing about very long prison sen­tences. And hope­fully ev­ery­thing is go­ing to work out. But it’s a very, very rough sit­u­a­tion with what hap­pened to them. That was not some­thing that should have hap­pened.”

UCLA Chan­cel­lor Gene Block said the school is weigh­ing its op­tions as far as a pos­si­ble pun­ish­ment.

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