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Report: Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to resolve case of UCLA players

LiAngelo Ball and the two other UCLA players who were caught shoplifting in China could be looking at years in prison, if charges are filed.

During President Trump’s two-day visit to Beijing he asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case of the three UCLA players that were arrested for shoplifting during the team’s trip to Hangzhou, according to the Washington Post.

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were taken into custody last week after they allegedly stole sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, where they were staying prior to traveling to Shanghai for Friday night’s game against Georgia Tech.

No. 21 UCLA won that game, 63-60. The three players were released from custody, but they did not travel with the team to Shanghai and they did not return to Los Angeles, according to reports. They must stay at their hotel in Hangzhou until legal process is complete.

The Post cites a U.S. official that said that Xi promised to look into the situation, and that “the charges against the players have been reduced and the case is proceeding toward a resolution.”