President Trump has reached out to Chinese President Xi Jinping to help resolve the case involving three UCLA players—including freshman LiAngelo Ball—who were accused of shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store last week, according to the Washington Post.
The players are currently at a hotel in Hangzhou after being instructed to remain in the country until legal proceedings conclude. The Post reports that charges against Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill have been reduced and the case is closing in on a resolution.
Jinping reportedly promised to look into the case and ensured the players would be treated fairly.
Trump arrived in China on a diplomatic visit just one day after the players were arrested at the team’s hotel before UCLA took on Georgia Tech.
Although the trio didn’t play in the game, UCLA defeated Georgia 63-60.
If Ball and the other players are convicted of shoplifting in China, they could face up to 10 years in prison.
(Source: Washington Post)