Saturday, 25 November, 2017

UCLA players depart China after Trump asked for Xi's help

UCLA players depart China after Trump asked for Xi's help UCLA players depart China after Trump asked for Xi's help
Melinda Barton | 14 November, 2017, 16:35

Players LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley have remained in China while the rest of the team has flown home to Los Angeles.

U.S. officials said the State Department normally takes over cases of American citizens when they are arrested overseas and that the U.S. Embassy in Beijing knows the case is ongoing.

They were released early on Wednesday, but are barred from leaving China and confined to a luxury hotel in Hangzhou pending legal proceedings, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The team was in Shanghai to face Georgia Tech in their season opener on November 4.

The three basketball players from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) were detained by police on November 7 in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou over allegations of shoplifting and were not on the team's return flight to the United States on Saturday. "They do not play games". Under watch by Hangzhou police, they've been staying at a lakeside hotel where they've been unable to leave. Stanley Rosen, a professor of political science at USC specializing in Chinese politics and society, indicated the timing with Trump's visit could be helpful.

The three basketball players from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) were detained by police on November 7 in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou over allegations of shoplifting.

Before the game in Shanghai on Saturday, the Pac-12 announced that next year's China Game would be a matchup between Cal and Yale; Alibaba extended its sponsorship of the game through 2020.

"We hope everything works out", he told reporters in Manila.

LaVar Ball, and LiAngelo's brother LaMelo Ball, who have been in China, visited LiAngelo on Thursday.

If the charges have been downgraded, that would be good news, indeed, for the three accused players.

The whole incident has since overshadowed the Ball family's entry into the Chinese market, as LiAngelo was supposed to accompany outspoken celebrity father LaVar during the store openings of family startup Big Baller Brand. He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal.