Three UCLA basketball players who were arrested last week for allegedly trying to steal sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton boutique in Hangzhou were released and flew back home Tuesday after President Donald Trump intervened on their behalf.
“UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were seen late Tuesday at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport checking into a Delta flight bound for Los Angeles, airline staff said,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
Note that time in Chinese runs roughly 12 hours ahead of time in the United States, meaning it was Tuesday morning in the U.S. when the boys departed.
This stunning turnaround occurred shortly after Trump revealed that he had discussed the three boys’ situation with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his trip to China a couple days earlier.
“The basketball players, by the way — I know a lot of people are asking — I will tell you, when I heard about