Lonzo Ball brother thanks Trump, apologizes over China arrest

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Lonzo Ball brother thanks Trump, apologizes over China arrest

Lonzo Ball brother thanks Trump, apologizes over China arrest

Patrick Smith

AFP

LiAngelo Ball and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who were arrested in China for shoplifting publicly apologized and thanked President Donald Trump for helping secure their release and repatriation.

Three US college basketball players detained in China for shoplifting publicly apologized Wednesday and thanked President Donald Trump for helping secure their release and repatriation.

Trump had personally asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to intervene to free UCLA's LiAngelo Ball -- the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie star Lonzo Ball -- and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, who were arrested last Tuesday in Hangzhou. The three UCLA basketball players who had been detained for a week in China have returned home.

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The president of the United States, Donald Trump, said he had personally requested assistance on their behalf from his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. LiAngelo Ball (son of LaVar Ball), Jalen Hill and Cody Riley had been held after being accused of stealing designer sunglasses from a Chinese mall. Trump solved the issue during his two-day state visit to Beijing, arriving a day after the players were detained. "Players were headed for 10 years in jail", said USA president.

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