UCLA players accused of shoplifting return home
by Leigh Jones
Posted 11/14/17, 10:53 am
Three UCLA basketball players detained in China following accusations of shoplifting are headed home. Cody Riley, Jalen Hill, and LiAngelo Ball allegedly stole sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou. Surveillance cameras reportedly captured the theft. The three freshmen did not play in the game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai, and their teammates traveled home without them Saturday. Earlier Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump said he talked to his Chinese President Xi Jinping about the men. “They’re working on it right now,” Trump told reporters as he left the Philippines at the end of a 12-day tour of Asia. Chinese police detained Riley, Hill, and Ball last week, releasing them Wednesday on bail but confining them in a lakeside hotel in Hangzhou. China’s foreign ministry declined to comment on the case, but officials reportedly reduced the charges against the men.
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Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on education for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Digital.