Trump asked Xi to look at cases of UCLA basketball players


As previously shared, the three were in China for a game against Georgia Tech.

Trump talked to Xi about the arrests during a state visit last week to Beijing, part of the president's five-nation Asian trip, The Washington Post reported.

LaVar Ball, the (very) outspoken father of LiAngelo, high school basketball star LaMelo Ball and Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, has yet to comment on his middle son's release, but we're sure it's only a matter of time. The rest of the team returned to the United States without the players.

Chinese authorities have surveillance footage of the players in the store, and the three could be required to remain in China for another week.

The team stayed in Hangzhou before leaving for Shanghai on Tuesday.

News of the players' pending release comes two days after President Donald Trump made a personal plea to President Xi Jinping of China to assist in the case. KTLA shares that the freshmen on the UCLA men's basketball team accused of shoplifting from Louis Vuitton store in city of Hangzhou could be in the foreign country for months.

The U.S. official indicated that the players' charges have been reduced and the case is being resolved.

UCLA NCAA college basketball players, Liangelo Ball, left, and Cody Riley.

"After Trump raised the matter, Xi promised to look into the case and ensure that the players are treated fairly and expeditiously, said a USA official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation", the Post reported.

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.

"Trump learned about the details of the case from aides, including [Chief of Staff John] Kelly, said the official familiar with the internal discussions".

The world is watching the events unfold in China with interest, and speculation over what may happen to them includes everything from a slap on the wrist to 10 years in prison.