Donald Trump to the rescue!

LOS ANGELES  – Three UCLA basketball players who had been detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting admitted today that they stole items from three stores, and they thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for his help in winning their release.

The three players – LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill – remain suspended from the University of California, Los Angeles, basketball team indefinitely, coach Steve Alford told a news conference.

All three apologized and thanked Trump for helping secure their release by raising the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit, in their first public comments since being detained.

UCLA basketball players (l-r) Cody Riley, LiAngelo Ball, and Jalen Hill speak at a press conference at UCLA after flying back from China.

“I take full responsibility for the mistakes I have made, shoplifting,” Riley told reporters. “I know that this goes beyond me letting my school down. I let the entire country down.”

Trump this morning said the players should be grateful for his involvement.

“Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for 10 years in jail!” he wrote on Twitter.

The three basketball players were detained by police on Nov. 7 in the Chinese city of Hangzhou over allegations of shoplifting and faced charges by Chinese authorities

They were not on the team’s return flight to the United States on Saturday and instead landed at Los Angeles International Airport on a flight from Shanghai on Tuesday evening.

UCLA athletics director Dan Guerrero said the students were released by the Chinese police after paying $2,200 bail.

Guerrero said that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly called the students over the weekend to assure them that the government was working on their release. After the players’ release, Chinese Foreign Ministry officials said the case had been resolved according to law.

The UCLA team had been in China for a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, which UCLA won 63-60. The teams had travelled to Hangzhou earlier in the week. The three students, all freshmen, were taken in for questioning by police about alleged shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store, sources previously told Reuters.

Guerrero said the Chinese police said items were taken from three stores and searched the hotel rooms and bags of players on both the UCLA and Georgia teams before identifying the players as suspects.

“These are good young men who have exercised an inexcusable lapse of judgment,” Alford said. “I am extremely disappointed in their actions.”

Source: (Reuters)

4 Responses to Donald Trump to the rescue!

  1. Victoria Waterman
    Victoria Waterman November 15, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    He is still an idiot. These young men are an embarrassment! Just perpetuating the stereotype that African Americans are a bunch of thieves. The young one with the last name Ball? His father’s loud bragging self is exceptionally quiet right now!! Their scholarships all need to be pulled. Idiots. They needed jail for about a month as their “scared straight” program.

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  2. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes November 15, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Stealing from Louis Vuitton in China is like ordering it from Ali express. Just saying. Lol

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  3. Diane Quinn
    Diane Quinn November 15, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Always got to make black people shame the not even poor black children privilege should be punished.

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  4. Jennifer November 16, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Trump to the rescue of three black men – yeh grateful they are. He must had a field day talking in the red house. If black people go and develop their own branded clothing lines and support their own, things would be overall better and they would develop some people pride. Just staying servants with a degree for every nation on the earth to use and abuse.

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