Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

LiAngelo Ball, 2 UCLA teammates remain in China as team heads home

LiAngelo Ball, 2 UCLA teammates remain in China as team heads home

According to The Washington Post, Trump "personally asked" Xi Jinping, China's president, to assist with remedying the arrest of three UCLA men's basketball players - LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley.

Ball, who is the brother of Los Angeles Lakers rising star rookie point guard Lonzo Ball and the son of the outspoken Big Baller Brand founder LaVar Ball, now remains in China with his two teammates. Xi, according to the Post, promised Trump he'd look into the matter, and make sure the players are treated - quoting from the article - "expeditiously and fairly". Charges against the players have been reduced and the case is proceeding toward a resolution, the official told the Washington Post.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed in an email to the newspaper that Trump raised the issue with Xi.

A US official quoted by the Post said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been in touch with the families of the players.

The three were allowed to make bail but were not allowed to leave Chinese territory when the rest of their team flew back to the United States.

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Ball, Riley and Hill are now confided to their Hangzhou hotel and reportedly may have to wait up to two weeks until they are able to return home.

Donald Trump had a two-day visit to Beijing, China during a lengthy overseas trip.

The State Department typically handles cases of Americans arrested overseas.

Trump learned about the details of the cases from aides, including Kelly, said the official familiar with the internal discussions.

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