UCLA players in Los Angeles after Trump seeks help from China's Xi

UCLA basketball players arrested in China are headed home

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 case garnered additional attention because LiAngelo Ball is the brother of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, and because the timing of the arrests coincided with Trump's visit.

The players were allowed to fly home hours after president Donald Trump discussed the situation with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

News of the arrests was widespread not only in the United States but also in China, breaking just a day before Trump arrived in the country. Trump said he was hopeful the athletes would return home soon. Any discipline the players may face would be up to UCLA, AP reported.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to The Post that Trump raised the matter with Xi.

Asked about the case Tuesday, China's foreign ministry said it had no additional comment. Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China's Foreign Ministry, said the case had been reported to U.S. authorities, saying, "China is handling this case in accordance with the law, and will guarantee the rights in accordance with the law, for those involved in this case".

Chinese authorities detained the UCLA freshmen for questioning about allegations of shoplifting before a recent game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. They made no public mention of the UCLA case.

The UCLA team had been in China for a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, which UCLA won 63-60. UCLA is scheduled to host Central Arkansas Wednesday at Pauley Pavilion.

Cody Riley, Jalen Hill, and LiAngelo Ball (the brother of L.A. Lakers star rookie Lonzo Ball, and the son of entrepreneur LaVar Ball - who has become a favorite of ESPN and Saturday Night Live for what many see as over-the-top promotion of his sons) are headed back to the US with the matter reportedly having been resolved.

A source familiar with the investigation told ESPN that the players could be required to stay in china for up to two weeks.



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