LiAngelo Ball and UCLA: Presidents Trump and Xi Have Your Back

According to The Washington Post, Trump personally asked Chinese president Xi Jinping to help resolve the case of three UCLA men’s basketball players arrested for shoplifting in Hangzhou, China.

The Washington Post has reported that during a two-day state visit to Beijing, President Trump brought up the arrests during a two-day state visit to Beijing. Xi promised to look into the matter and ensure that the players would be treated fairly.

A day before Trump arrived in Beijing, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill were accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store — a crime that can be met with serious jail time in China.

If the heads-of-state guardian angels weren’t enough, TMZ Sports has reported that Alibaba founder Jack Ma (one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in China) is personally attending to this matter to help get the players back to the U.S.

UCLA and Georgia Tech visited the headquarters of the vast Chinese corporation while on their China trip. There, they met Joe Tsai, Alibaba’s executive vice president, who recently agreed to purchase 49 percent of the Brooklyn Nets from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov. Tsai, has plans to purchase even more of the team in an effort to become controlling owner, according to the Washington Post.

With aide coming in all directions, and the charges against the players already reduced, it appears that this matter will come to a close expeditiously.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 01: UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball (15) looks on during an college exhibition basketball game between the Cal State Los Angeles and the UCLA Bruins on November 1, 2017, at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)



Source: Washington Post


  1. It may sound weird but I’m ok with this because man 3-to10 years man that just seems wrong I’m not saying stealing isn’t bad but 3-10years and in some countries is worst like losing body part worst

    1. Don’t forget the hard labor part. I’m no fan of Trump, but if he can get them out of all that, I’m ok with it. They deserve to be punished, but it’s the hard labor part that sucks.

  2. Xi just said they’d be treated fairly. That could mean anything. Even if it means low sentences, that still could mean jail time of a few years. They might not be out of the woodworks just yet.

    1. Xi has circumvented the communist party succession and now is occupying a position no one has held since Deng. If he’s looking into it these boys will be out soon and I wouldn’t be surprised if he made the apologize to the players.

      Laws only apply to plebs

  3. Well, you are a tourist in a foreign country. The least u can do is follow rules. Cant believe they would the guts to try it. No i am not chinese.

  4. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. Leave their asses there. Life lesson learned…..they are not entitled.

  5. Anti-Trump people are going to say Trump is intervening to boost his political image…but the same Anti-Trump people will call him a racist if he doesn’t do anything. Let’s just hope the Chinese government made these UCLA kids shit their pants and show them that the USA Justice system is not so bad compared to China.. Don’t get me started on the USA Prison/Police/Court/Bail Industry though.

  6. Is it just me or are people just that easily brainwashed and feed stupid pills? If that was anyone of use in these forum, shoe community or any regular joe that had to slave to be able to afford a stay in China and we got caught stealing the same items, no one would bat an eye or give to shits. Neither Trump nor Xi would do a damn thing for us and we’d be rotting away in a those Chinese prisons for 3-10yrs. I’m not saying the punishment fits the crime, but they were in a national spot light and guest of the Chinese.

    IF they get off clean or even with just a slap on the wrist, what kind of real world message does that send globally, do we really want to feed the social machine that says rich Americans can do whatever they want to?!?!

    Let the kid rot in jail for 10, by the time he’s out he’ll still be 30 yrs old, in his prime and still able to hoop better than most of us and still have his $$$.

  7. lmao 3 world powers saved him from punishment and he’s supposedly not officially deported or anything.

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