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Earlier in November, three University of California Los Angeles basketball players were detained for shoplifting from a number of stores in China, according to the New York Times. The team was in the country to play an exhibition game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.

The three players, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley, are all freshman, NPR reports. Ball is the brother of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball and son of public figure Lavar Ball.

Immediately after the arrests, the players were ordered to stay in their luxury hotel until the legal proceedings were over, which could have been a month, reports the New York Post. The maximum punishment for shoplifting of this nature is ten years in China.

Luckily for the athletes, president of the United States Donald Trump was doing a tour of Asia.  Trump called president of China Xi Jinping asking for the trio to be released. Shortly after, all three were on a flight back to America with their charges dropped.

President Trump then fired a tweet speculating whether or not the Bruins would be grateful enough to say thank you for his efforts in bringing them back home.  

The players held a press conference in Los Angeles where they apologized for their actions.  Additionally, Ball, Riley, and Hill all thanked President Trump for doing his part in bringing them home, ESPN reports.  Trump sent out the following tweets in response:


The three are all suspended from the team indefinitely for their actions. According to Business Insider, donors have been weighing in with the team on how to appropriately discipline the three players. It is unknown if their advice will influence the length of their suspensions.

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