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15 November 2017, 04:59 | Erica Roy
Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China
ESPN reported that authorities have surveillance footage of the players stealing from three stores.
The freshman players have been accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou. The team was in Shanghai to face Georgia Tech in their season opener on November 4.
If the three Bruins are going to be detained in China for another two weeks, they could miss up to five games before they get back on USA soil, missing contests against Central Arkansas, South Carolina State, Creighton, Baylor/Wisconsin and UC Irvine.
Trump had raised the issue with Xi at a dinner held during the US leader's November 8-10 state visit to Beijing. The athletes were unable to play in the game, and they remain in China awaiting their fate while the rest of their team returned to the US days ago.
The news of Trump's involvement was greeted with a range of surprise, outrage and opinions about the Ball family by people weighing in on social media.
"It's a very, very rough situation with what happened to them", Trump said. They were released on bail over the weekend and could have been required to stay in China for more than a week.
The official was quoted as saying that the charges against the players have been reduced and that the case is proceeding toward a resolution.
The elder Ball has become a media personality by aggressively promoting his sons as future National Basketball Association superstars and had travelled to China on the trip to promote his Big Baller Brand shoe and apparel line.
According the Postreport, Trump brought the issue to Xi, who promised that he would look into the matter.
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