Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Three UCLA players could remain in China for week or two

LiAngelo Ball Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China
Sammy Stanley | 15 November, 2017, 05:12

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said early Tuesday that the Bruins players, detained November 7, are on a plane bound for Los Angeles, adding that the "matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities".

The trio remains in China, even as the rest of the UCLA men's basketball team traveled back to the United States on Saturday. Any discipline the players may face would be up to UCLA, AP reported.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the school is weighing its options.

Before the players' release, LiAngelo Ball's father, LaVar, had said in a statement on social media that the Chinese judicial process could take months. "Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared". UCLA is scheduled to host Central Arkansas Wednesday at Pauley Pavilion.

It became a huge matter on the campus of UCLA, it made waves across the college basketball scene and was such a high-profile story that the U.S. State Department got involved.

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Chinese authorities have surveillance footage of the players in the store, and the three could be required to remain in China for another week. "We also want to acknowledge UCLA's significant efforts on behalf of their student-athletes".

It wasn't clear under what terms the players were freed to return to the U.S. "We are all very pleased that these young men have been allowed to return home to their families and university".

The Washington Post broke the news on Monday that Trump, while on a trip in Asia, personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the situation.

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. The elder Ball played one season in Westwood and left early for the National Basketball Association draft. Lavar and the youngest of the three brothers, LaMelo, have been selling the apparel at pop-up shops in China despite the uncertainty surrounding middle brother LiAngelo. "They (the Chinese authorities) do not play games".

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