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The three UCLA basketball gamers who have been arrested for shoplifting in China final week are flying again residence to Los Angeles, in accordance with a number of stories. The Wall Street Journal was first to report that the gamers have been seen in a Shanghai airport checking in to a flight sure for Los Angeles on Tuesday.

LiAngelo Ball, the youthful brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, and his two teammates have been flying residence lower than 24 hours after President Donald Trump confirmed to reporters that he had spoken together with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in regards to the gamers’ state of affairs.

UCLA didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark early Tuesday morning.

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Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley have been accused of stealing sun shades from a Louis Vuitton retailer close to their lodge in Hangzhou, China, final week. The three gamers have been arrested and questioned by Chinese police, then launched on bail and allowed to return to their lodge, the place they remained as an investigation unfolded, in accordance with ESPN.

President Trump addressed the state of affairs aboard Air Force One on Tuesday, earlier than leaving Manila and wrapping up his five-nation tour in Asia. He informed reporters that Xi has “been terrific on that subject,” and he hoped the trio could be returning to the United States quickly.

“When I heard about it two days ago, I had a great conversation with President Xi,” Trump stated, in accordance with a pool report from Air Force One. “What they did was unfortunate. You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences. They do not play games.”

President Trump’s private involvement was first reported by The Washington Post on Monday.

China’s international ministry informed the Associated Press that it had no extra remark Tuesday.

The UCLA basketball workforce traveled to China to play Georgia Tech on this yr’s Pac-12 China recreation, which the Bruins received, 63-60. The remainder of the workforce returned to the U.S. on Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contact Tom Schad at [email protected] or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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