Donald Trump asks Chinese president to help in UCLA case

A USA media report says President Donald Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to personally intervene in the case of three American college basketball players who were arrested on shoplifting charges last week in Hangzhou.

Xi assured Trump that the players would be treated fairly and expeditiously, the Post reported, after the US president brought up the topic in a Saturday meeting with Xi in Beijing.

Three UCLA basketball players who remain in China after their teammates headed home amid news reports the trio was arrested for shoplifting have someone new intervening on their behalf: President Donald Trump.

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.

ESPN also reported Saturday that surveillance footage of the shopping area the team visited allegedly shows the three players stealing from three stores.

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"It has provided a real distraction and unwanted publicity, which distracts from what overall has been a tremendous experience and a tremendous week for the UCLA and Georgia Tech students", Scott said before the game.

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.

Ball, Riley and Hill were taken to the police station in Hangzhou, where they were kept for a number of hours, according to ESPN.

LaVar Ball, his wife Tina and son LaMelo had breakfast with the UCLA team in Shanghai on Wednesday morning.

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