UCLA basketball players detained in China over shoplifting are returning home

Three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China for shoplifting are returning to Los Angeles after being released.

The team was in China to play a game against Georgia Tech last week.

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were arrested on November 7 for allegedly stealing merchandise from a Louis Vuitton store in Shanghai. The three had to stay behind while the rest of the team flew back.

Ball is the younger brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.

During the ordeal, President Trump appealed to Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the issue.

Chief of Staff John F. Kelly was in touch with the families as well as coach Steve Alford.

“What they did was unfortunate,” Trump told reporters earlier in Manila. He said the three could have faced long prison sentences, and described Xi’s response as “terrific.”

“They’re working on it right now,” Trump said.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said Tuesday the matter “has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.”

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