LiAngelo Ball, UCLA players reportedly had shoplifting charges reduced

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President Trump personally asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help resolve the case of three UCLA basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting while in China for a tournament last week, according to a report Monday. Xi promised the players will receive fair treatment and their cases would be handled hastily, Nakamura reports, citing an anonymous USA official.

The players involved are Cody Riley, Jalen Hill and LiAngelo Ball, brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed in an email that Trump raised the matter with Xi, The Post reported.

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The trio are now staying at hotel in Hangzhou with a UCLA team representative, and they're required to stay there until the legal process is over, which could take several weeks. According to the Post, an unidentified US official said the players' charges have been reduced and that the case is moving forward.

Citing a source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation, ESPN reported the players could be in Hangzhou for "a week or two" while the situation is resolved.

They were seen walking from health club at the Hyatt Regency in Hangzhou with UCLA associate AD Chris Carlson accompanying them.

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If the charges have been downgraded, that would be good news, indeed, for the three accused players.

Donald Trump is trying to do what the UCLA men's basketball team couldn't do: take its Ball and go home.

Alford rejoined the rest of UCLA's team in Shanghai on Wednesday morning after the players were released.

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Ball, the second son of outspoken and high-profile sports dad, LaVar Ball, is set to begin his freshman season at UCLA. He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal.

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