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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 Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

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  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Tue, 11/14/2017 11:12 am

    And what lesson will they learn from this?

  • Barbara Tigrett
    Posted: Tue, 11/14/2017 01:12 pm

    Another example of athletes who think they are entitled because they can dribble a ball! What an embarrassment to the school and their country. They should have let them do jaill time in China. Maybe they would grow up and be thankful for the great privileges they have.

  •  michelle's picture
    Posted: Tue, 11/14/2017 05:49 pm

    This UCLA alum and other UCLA alumni family members say, "Toss them out of school. Who cares if they can play basketball?"

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 11/15/2017 06:27 pm

    What idiots!  Thanks for lifting up America’s image abroad, fellows!

    Lucky they pulled this stunt in China and not in North Korea!