Trump Responds to the Thanks from Detained UCLA Players in China


Trump has had an uneasy relationship with many professional athletes after criticizing police brutality protestors in the National Football League and NBA, including telling the champion Golden State Warriors after team captain Steph Curry said he would boycott the traditional White House visit.

UCLA had traveled to China to play their season opener against Georgia Tech in a game organized by Alibaba, a Chinese web company that had recently purchased the rights to air Pac-12 basketball it China ("LiAngelo Ball, two other UCLA players released on bail after shoplifting arrest in China", Washington Post, 11.07.2017).

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Ball, Hill and Riley took turns confessing to the theft and apologizing while also thanking President Donald Trump for intervening on their behalf with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

Regarding the situation, Trump tweeted, "Do you think the three UCLA basketball players will say thank you President Trump?" At least for a moment, the world came together and was happy for LiAngelo Ball's return. "Everybody wants to make it seem like he helped me out". Local authorities detained the players in China for weeks after they were caught allegedly stealing designer sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton outlet.

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LaVar, however, minimized Trump's role to ESPN's Arash Markazi. "I've seen a lot worse things happen than a guy taking some glasses". A lot of people like to say a lot of things that they thought happened over there. Like I told him, 'They try to make a big deal out of nothing sometimes'. "They were headed for 10 years in jail!" The three freshmen thanked him later in the afternoon during a press conference to address the incident.

According to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, the three players could be suspended anywhere from half the season to up to the full season, and university officials are debating the length of the suspension. My son has built up enough character that one bad decision doesn't define him. "I know that this goes beyond me letting my school down".

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