UCLA players talk about being jailed in China

Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China

The gratitude was expressed after Trump tweeted earlier on Wednesday, 'Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump?

Ball and his teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill are still detained in their Hangzhou hotel as of today and are expected to stay for "a week or two", according to updated reports by ESPN.

'I would like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they've provided as well, ' said LiAngelo Ball, a freshman forward and the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.

Larry Scott, commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference, said the student-athletes were permitted to return to the states after the matter was "resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities".

Riley, Hill and Ball were arrested on suspicion of shoplifting from three high-end stores in a shopping center next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou but were released on bail November 8.

President Trump, who is on his way back from a 12-day Asian tour, said he personally intervened with Chinese President Xi Jinping last week about the three players.

The players reportedly will be speaking to the media Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT.

Xi assured Trump that the players would be treated fairly and expeditiously, the Post reported.

President Trump was involved in the situation and commented on it to the press. He said the trio, who had been held since last week, could have faced long prison sentences.

School officials said the charges were withdrawn by Chinese authorities after the players admitted guilt.

"I want to be clear that we take seriously any violations of the law", UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said.

The 3 UCLA players are likely to be punished by UCLA in the near future. UCLA is one of the top basketball programs in the country, and the Ball family has become well known in the sports world, including LiAngelo's outspoken father, LaVar Ball.

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero confirmed Ball, Riley and Hill stole merchandise from three different stores, per Bonagura.

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