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Trump Asks Chinese President to Help Resolve LiAngelo Ball's Shoplifting Thing

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Melinda Barton | 13 November, 2017, 23:12

The three did not play in the team's season opener against Georgia Tech on Saturday in Shanghai, and did not fly back to Los Angeles with the rest of the team.

With the players stranded in China and at the mercies of the Chinese legal system, President Trump reached out to China's leader to ask him to look into the case, according to the Washington Post. The three players have not been allowed to leave China after being accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near the team's hotel in Huangzhou last week.

The Post cites a US official that said that Xi promised to look into the situation, and that "the charges against the players have been reduced and the case is proceeding toward a resolution".

Citing a source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation, ESPN reports the players could be Hangzhou for "a week or two" while the situation is resolved.

The White House confirmed in an email to the Washington Post, which first reported Trump's involvement, that the president brought up the issue with Xi.

This official also indicated to that charges against the three basketball players have been reduced and that the case is moving toward a resolution. Sources told ESPN that the three could remain in China for another week or two.

LaVar Ball later released a statement about the allegations against LiAngelo: "It is a very unfortunate situation that the Ball family and UCLA has to deal with at this particular time".

News of the arrests was widespread not only in the United States but also in China, breaking just a day before Trump arrived in the country.

Trump spent two days in Beijing, but made "no public mention of the UCLA case".