UCLA basketball players flying to LA after Chinese release them in shoplifting case

UCLA basketball players flying to LA after Chinese release them in shoplifting case

The three UCLA basketball players who had been detained in China since last week, after being accused of shoplifting, are on board a plane bound for Los Angeles “to return home to their families and university,” according to the university’s athletic conference commissioner.

“The three UCLA men’s basketball student-athletes involved in the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China are on a flight back home to Los Angeles, and the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.

He went on to pay personal gratitude to President Donald Trump, who confirmed to reporters that he had spoken directly to China’s President Xi Jinping about the athletes’ shoplifting accusations that forced them to stay behind as their teammates moved on to Shanghai.

Scott said in the statement, “we want to thank the President, the White House and the U.S. State Department for their efforts towards resolution.”

Published at Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:38:57 -0500