Following their arrest for shoplifting, LiAngelo Ball and two other members of the UCLA men’s basketball team have been allowed to return home to the US.
The trio of LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley have been released from Chinese custody, and were apparently spotted Tuesday night at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, and were seen checking onto a flight that was bound for Los Angeles.
For the players, the return to home is the best-case scenario for trio. They were arrested last Tuesday for allegedly shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou. The worst case scenario would have been that the three UCLA players could have served up to 10 years in prison.
The release of Ball and Co comes after President Donald Trump reached out to Chinese president Xi Jinping and asked him to help resolve the players’ legal cases. What exact role Trump played in the players being freed isn’t known, but Trump told reporters in Asia he had a “great conversation” with Xi Jinping about the players.