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3 American basketball players free in China after President Trump interceded on their behalf

By William Martin 12:32 PM November 14, 2017
Jalen Hill (L) Cody Riley, LiAngelo Ball (R)

The three UCLA basketball players who had been arrested in China after police said they were seen on video shoplifting in a Louis Vuitton store, were freed and are on their way back to Los Angeles, California.

President Trump appealed to President Xi Jinping of China on their behalf.

Last week, the group of basketball players left their entire team humiliated when they were arrested for shoplifting.

The UCLA basketball team from Los Angeles, California, traveled to China for their game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai, on Saturday.

However, the team made headlines for the wrong reasons.

Three men in the group were arrested after being accused of shoplifting.

Police in Hangzhou were called by staff members of a Louis Vuitton store after three basketball players were accused of stealing high-end sunglasses from the store near the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where they were staying.

25 police officers stormed the hotel and confronted the men.

They arrested LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley.

They were eventually freed on bail but were ordered to stay at their hotel in Hangzhou until legal proceedings are completed.

The UCLA basketball team has continued with their schedule without them.

The team returned home as scheduled while the three stayed behind until President Trump interceded on their behalf.