President Trump personally asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help resolve the case of three UCLA basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting while in China for a tournament last week, according to a report Monday. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Trump and Xi talked about the case.
Although all three players were released on bail the day after their arrest, they did not play.
The trio must stay at their hotel in Hangzhou until legal process is complete. The source told ESPN there is surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside a high-end retail center.
Xi assured Trump that the players would be treated fairly and expeditiously, the Post reported, after the USA president brought up the topic in a Saturday meeting with Xi in Beijing. According to the Post, an unidentified US official said the players' charges have been reduced and that the case is moving forward.
Three UCLA basketball players were arrested November 7 in Hangzhou, China, on suspicion of shoplifting.
Trump will return home and say the trip was a huge success, while Xi will believe the home field advantage really works.
Alford rejoined the rest of UCLA's team in Shanghai on Wednesday morning after the players were released.
Ball, the second son of outspoken and high-profile sports dad, LaVar Ball, is set to begin his freshman season at UCLA. "It ain't that big of a deal".