Trump asked for Xi's help in UCLA players' shoplifting case in China

Postado Novembro 14, 2017

Besides President Trump, Jack Ma - founder of Alibaba Group and one of the most powerful men in China - has also personally spoken for the safe return of the arrested trio from China.

A US official told the Washington Post that Xi promised Trump he would look into the case and make sure the players would be treated fairly.

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were detained last Tuesday on suspicion of shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou.

After Trump raised the matter with the Chinese president, Xi promised to look into the case and ensure that the players are treated fairly and expeditiously, a US official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation told the Washington Post.

With the players stranded in China and at the mercies of the Chinese legal system, President Trump reached out to China's leader to ask him to look into the case, according to the Washington Post.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed to The Post that Trump raised the matter with Xi. On Monday, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that three American men were being investigated in the eastern city of Hangzhou for alleged theft and that China and the US were in contact over the matter. Under watch by Hangzhou police, they've been staying at a lakeside hotel where they've been unable to leave.

Chinese authorities have surveillance footage of the players in the store, and the three could be required to remain in China for another week. Three players were questioned from each team.

Three UCLA basketball players were arrested November 7 in Hangzhou, China, on suspicion of shoplifting.

LaVar Ball, his wife Tina and son LaMelo had breakfast with the UCLA team in Shanghai on Wednesday morning. He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal.

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.