Ball, Riley and Hill are now confided to their Hangzhou hotel and reportedly may have to wait up to two weeks until they are able to return home.
The UCLA Bruins were in China to open the NCAA basketball season against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. The players did not fly home with the team following UCLA's win over the Yellow Jackets and could be required to stay in Hangzhou for a week or two.
The State Department typically takes the lead on cases involving U.S. citizens who are arrested overseas, and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing is aware of the case, officials said.
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The official was quoted as saying that the charges against the players have been reduced and that the case is proceeding toward a resolution. That LiAngelo Ball is the brother of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, of the now famous basketball family of patriarch Lavar Ball, has only increased interest.
The three players have not been allowed to leave China after being accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near the team's hotel in Huangzhou last week.
Hopefully Trump's plea could help with the matters.
The world is watching the events unfold in China with interest, and speculation over what may happen to them includes everything from a slap on the wrist to 10 years in prison.