There has been a new development in the case of three UCLA players accused of shoplifting while on a basketball trip to China. The three players that includes LiAngelo Ball have had President Donald Trump reach out to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to help resolve the case.
The White House confirmed in an email to the Washington Post, which first reported Trump's involvement, that the president brought up the issue with Xi. Trump raised the issue during his meeting with Xi on Saturday in Beijing, the source told ESPN. Xi promised Trump that the players would be treated fairly and expeditiously, according to the Post. There is reportedly surveillance footage of the players shoplifting from three stores inside a high-end shopping center, which houses Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Salvatore Ferragamo stores.
The players including Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill remain under house arrest in China while free on bail.