Donald Trump spoke to Chinese president about UCLA basketball players

U.S. President Donald Trump waves next to Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing

U.S. President Donald Trump waves next to Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing

According to a report over the weekend from ESPN, the players could be in China for another week or two, dependent upon how quickly the legal process can be resolved.

The players landed at Los Angeles International Airport on a flight from Shanghai Tuesday evening, their heads down.

As previously shared, the three were in China for a game against Georgia Tech.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the 23rd-ranked Bruins played Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai.

UCLA's trip coincided with Trump's two-day state visit to the Chinese capital, Beijing.

If the three Bruins are going to be detained in China for another two weeks, they could miss up to five games before they get back on USA soil, missing contests against Central Arkansas, South Carolina State, Creighton, Baylor/Wisconsin and UC Irvine. He said the trio, who had been held since last week, could have faced long prison sentences. The athletes were unable to play in the game, and they remain in China awaiting their fate while the rest of their team returned to the USA days ago. They were released on bail after being questioned about the alleged crime but continued to remain in their hotel as authorities continued the investigation. A source also told the Post it looks like the players' charges are being reduced.

The news of Trump's involvement was greeted with a range of surprise, outrage and opinions about the Ball family by people weighing in on social media.

Trump learned about the details of the cases from aides, including Kelly, said the official familiar with the internal discussions.

The family is now filming a reality show called "Ball in the Family" and recently started an athletic apparel company, Big Baller Brand, "inspired by the Ball brothers". Xi assured Trump that the players would be treated fairly and expeditiously, the Post reported.

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