Basketball Players Arrested in China Are Headed Residence

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Source:   —  November 14, 2017, at 1:26 PM

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained at the team'south hotel in Hangzhou, about one hundred miles southwest of Shanghai, on Nov.

Basketball Players Arrested in China Are Headed Residence

Three UCLA basketball players who were arrested on suspicion of shoplifting while on a tour of China latest week are headed back to the United States.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained at the team'south hotel in Hangzhou, about one hundred miles southwest of Shanghai, on Nov. seven.

Larry Scott, commissioner of the Pac-12 conference, confirmed in a statement Tuesday that the trio were on a flight back to LA and said "the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities."

"We're all very pleased that these youthful men have been allowed to return residence to their families and university," he said. "We're grateful for the role that our Chinese hosts played, and for the courtesy and professionalism of the local authorities."

News of their release was first reported by The Wall Str Journal. The men are scheduled to keep a news conference on Wednesday morning at UCLA'south Pauley Pavilion.

Their arrest happened a day before President Donald Trump arrived in China during a nearly two-week visit to Asia. Trump told reporters Tuesday he discussed the basketball players' fate during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, and said that their departure for the U. S. was in the works.

"I'd a grand conversation with President Xi," Trump said aboard Air Force One on the first leg of his ride back to the United States. "He was terrific, and they're working on it right now. And hopefully everything is going to work out."

The details surrounding the players' arrest are unclear. China'south foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told The Associated Press on Monday that the three men were being investigated for alleged theft and that China and the U. S. were in contact about the matter.

The case was high-profile in portion because of the players involved, particularly Ball, who's the brother of LA Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball and one of the featured family members in the Facebook reality series "Ball in the Family." Their father, LaVar Ball, is an outspoken former basketball player.

The UCLA team was in China for a season opener against GA Tech. The rest of the team returned to the U. S. after their game on Saturday.

Scott, the Pac-12 commissioner, said latest week that UCLA was "cooperating fully with local authorities."

"We're very disappointed by any situation that detracts from the positive student-athlete educational and cultural experience that this week is about," he said in a statement. "Whether in the United States or abroad, we expect student-athletes to uphold the highest standards."

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