Three UCLA basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, the brother of NBA star Lonzo Ball, “are set to leave China” after being detained on shoplifting charges, according to reports Tuesday morning.
News of the players’ pending release comes two days after President Donald Trump made a personal plea to President Xi Jinping of China to assist in the case.
The three freshman players — Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill — were arrested last week during the Bruins’ trip to China to open the season against Georgia Tech. The players were charged with shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store. David Nakamura and Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post reported that the initial chargers were later reduced. However, the players were ordered to remain in their hotel until the case was resolved.