Report: Charges against 3 UCLA basketball players dropped, returning to U.S.

Nov 14, 2017

The three UCLA basketball players previously detained by Chinese police for allegedly shoplifting will be allowed to return to the United States on Tuesday, according to a report by the Washington Post.

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were questioned and arrested by police regarding shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store next to their hotel in Hangzhou, China. The three players were released on bond Wednesday and did not play in Friday’s game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai, China.

UCLA won the overseas matchup 63-60.

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The report of the players’ release comes hours after President Donald Trump said he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the players’ case.

“They’re working on it right now... Hopefully everything is going to work out,” Trump told reporters on his tour of Asia, according to the Washington Post. 

China Sports Insider reported Tuesday the charges of shoplifting were officially dropped for all three players.