UCLA Players Returning Home After Trump Asks Xi for Help

“What they did was unfortunate,” Mr. Trump had said of the players. “You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences. They do not play games.”


LiAngelo Ball, left, and Cody Riley, right, were accused along with Jalen Hill of shoplifting.

Associated Press

Mr. Trump had said that he hoped the Chinese president would help the players: LiAngelo Ball, a freshman guard; and Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, both freshman forwards. He emphasized that it was a “very, very rough situation, with what happened to them.”

In China, where the justice system has a very high conviction rate, theft can bring punishment ranging from a few days to years in prison.

The three players were

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/14/us/politics/trump-ucla-basketball-china.html

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