Thursday, 23 November, 2017

UCLA players set to return to USA after being detained in China

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Sammy Stanley | 14 November, 2017, 16:40

According to The Washington Post, Trump discussed the players' arrests during his visit to China, and Xi promised to look into the case and ensure the players are treated fairly and expeditiously.

ESPN has reported, citing anonymous sources, that authorities have surveillance footage of thefts from three stores inside the mall near the team hotel in Hangzhou.

The players were released on bail last Wednesday and have been staying at hotel in Hangzhou, awaiting a decision from authorities that could range from release to fines to years of detainment. On Monday, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that three American men were being investigated in the eastern city of Hangzhou for alleged theft and that China and the USA were in contact over the matter.

Xi has promised to look into the case and ensure, as Trump has asked, that the players be treated fairly and expeditiously, a USA official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, told The Post. This source also noted that the charges against the players have been reduced and their case is proceeding toward a resolution. Three players were questioned from each team.

UCLA defeated Georgia Tech 63-60 in what was the season opener for both teams. They made no public mention of the UCLA case.

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"Hopefully, everything is going to work out, and I know they're very grateful because they were told exactly what happened", he said.

Though people are voicing for the UCLA players, but if convicted, Ball and the others could be jailed for 10 years.

"We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China", UCLA Athletics said in a statement.

A UCLA spokesperson declined to address whether the players would face disciplinary action from the school upon their return, nor to say who was paying for the players' extended stay at the Hyatt Regency, where standard rooms were commanding about $278 per night on the hotel's website.

Bennett reported from Manila; DeButts from Hangzhou, China. The family is scheduled to leave Sunday morning for Hong Kong, where the family's Big Baller Brand is opening a pop-up shop on Tuesday.

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