UCLA Basketball Players Dodged Ten-Year China Prison Sentence


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UCLA Men’s Basketball student-athletes (l-r) Cody Riley, LiAngelo Ball, and Jalen Hill during a press conference at UCLA, Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The press conference was held to address their recent arrest and detention in China for shoplifting. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Laura Mejia, Sports Editor

Earlier this month, Liangelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill, UCLA freshmen men’s basketball players that were facing up to 10 years of jail time in China, were sent home with the help of President Trump.

Ball, Riley, and Hill were accused of stealing from three stores while in Hangzhou, China, on a basketball trip. They were caught stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store. Since President Trump was in Asia during the time of this incident, he pulled some strings, paid the bail, and got them released. Since then, the basketball players publicly apologized for their irrational behavior and expressed their gratitude to President Trump. Ball said, “I don’t feel sorry for myself and I’ve learned my lesson from this big mistake and I’m 110 percent sure that I’m not making a bad decision like this one again.” About the event, Hill expressed, “What I did was stupid, there’s just no other way to put it, and I’m not that type of person. This mistake will not define me as a person, but it shows that I have messed up and can learn from it.”  “They’re going to have to re-gain the trust of this athletic department, of this university,” head coach Steve Alford said.

After all of this mess, these players will not be able to travel with the team or suit up for home games as the school’s Office of Student Conduct investigates the incident.

Source: Fox News.com, TheBigLead.com