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LiAngelo Balll, UCLA Teammates Swarmed at Airport Upon Returning to US

LiAngelo Balll, UCLA Teammates Swarmed at Airport Upon Returning to US

On Wednesday morning, Mr Trump tweeted: "Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump?"

The three UCLA basketball players arrested and accused of shoplifting in China last week thanked President Donald Trump at Wednesday's press conference for helping to secure their release.

Even if Trump did solicit the recognition, Ball and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill all thanked the President for speaking to Chinese President Xi Jingping about their predicament during Trump's recent visit to China.

The flight is en route to Los Angeles. They were placed under house arrest at the luxury hotel and were not permitted to play in UCLA's season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Friday.

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.

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. The players did not respond to any questions and said nothing as they loaded onto a bus.

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The players departed from Shanghai and landed back in the United States on Tuesday night, per James T. Areddy of the Wall Street Journal.

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. "Both Athletics and the Office of Student Conduct will review this incident and guide any action with respect to the involved students".

"I want to be clear that we take seriously any violations of the law", UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said. Citing his grandfather's firsthand, frustrating experience with the Chinese legal system, Wang wrote that UCLA "should suspend the three players for the entire year and possibly more". "Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared".

The news of Trump's involvement was greeted with a range of surprise, outrage and opinions about the Ball family by people weighing in on social media.

Ball, Riley and Hill were taken to the police station in Hangzhou, where they were kept for a number of hours before being charged.

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