After spending the past week detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, UCLA basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill are expected to arrive in Los Angeles later Tuesday.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott confirmed in a statement that the trio are on a flight home from China, saying, “The matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.” Scott also thanked President Donald Trump, the White House and the U.S. State department for their role in the release of the three players.
The UCLA players were released from China just one day after Trump personally asked Chinese general secretary Xi Jinping to look into the arrests of Ball, Riley and Hill.
The players were questioned last week about allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou where the Bruins had been staying before playing Georgia Tech in Shanghai. They were released on bail early Wednesday morning and had remained in the Hangzhou hotel since.
The team flew back to Los Angeles following the Bruins’ win over Georgia Tech on Saturday, but the three players remained in China.