UCLA players head home from China after arrest on shoplifting charges

Three UCLA men’s basketball players arrested for shoplifting in China are on their way back to the United States, the university said Tuesday, after President Trump personally intervened in the case with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

“UCLA Men’s Basketball student-athletes LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley are returning from China to Los Angeles at this time,” Alex Timiraos, associate director of communications for UCLA men’s basketball, said in a statement.

In his own statement, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said the matter “has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.”

“We are all very pleased that these young men have been allowed to return home to their families and university,” Scott said in the statement.

“We are grateful for the role that our Chinese hosts played, and for the courtesy and professionalism of the local authorities. We also want to acknowledge UCLA’s significant efforts on behalf of their student-athletes. Finally, we want to thank the President, the White House and the U.S. State Department for their efforts towards resolution.”

UCLA college basketball players LiAngelo Ball, left, and Cody Riley are shown in these file photos. (AP/AP)

Earlier, Trump acknowledged that he had asked the Chinese

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/ucla-players-head-home-from-china-after-arrest-on-shoplifting-charges/2017/11/14/54aa5bca-c95a-11e7-aa96-54417592cf72_story.html

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