President Trump Secures Release of Three Thieving UCLA Student Athletes Arrested in China…

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalem Hill have embarrassed our country, our president, their school and their families.  A day prior to President Trump’s arrival in China the three UCLA Bruin freshman basketball players were arrested in Shanghai, China for stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near the team hotel.

In addition to being a national embarrassment, they were facing harsh legal consequences in China that would forever destroy their lives.  However, during President Trump’s meeting with Communist Chinese President Xi Jinping, he asked for leniency.

While President Trump is en route back to the U.S. from the 12 day Asia trip, Chairman Xi Jinping has released the three thieves:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting are on a plane back to Los Angeles.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said Tuesday the matter “has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.”

Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the 23rd-ranked Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai as part of the annual Pac-12 China game. Ball is the brother of LA Lakers guard Lonzo Ball.

The rest of the UCLA team returned to Los Angeles last Saturday without the three.

There was no immediate word from UCLA on the players’ status for the team’s home opener Wednesday night against Central Arkansas.

The school said the three players, along with coach Steve Alford and athletic director Dan Guerrero, will make their first public comments about the matter on Wednesday morning in Los Angeles, but won’t take questions.

A person with knowledge of the Pac-12’s decision said any discipline involving the players would be up to UCLA. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the conference doesn’t plan any sanctions.

Scott thanked President Donald Trump, the White House and the State Department for their efforts in resolving what he called “the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China.” He indicated that UCLA made “significant efforts” on behalf of its three players.

Trump said Tuesday he had a long conversation about the three players’ status with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.  (read more)

It’s doubtful these thieving idiots, or their families, will ever understand how fortunate they are to have President Trump speak on their behalf.  President Trump mentioned their position, and his efforts, during a quick presser with reporters after leaving the Philippines:

[…]  The basketball players, by the way — I know a lot of people are asking — I will tell you, when I heard about it two days ago, I had a great conversation with President Xi. What they did was unfortunate. You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences. They do not play games.

He was terrific, and they’re working on it right now. And hopefully everything is going to work out. And I know they’re very grateful because they were told exactly what happened. (press transcript)

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343 Responses to President Trump Secures Release of Three Thieving UCLA Student Athletes Arrested in China…

  1. TreeClimber says:

    Interesting articles on the subject (apologies in advance if I format the links incorrectly. It’s been awhile.)

    WaPo: In-article links and comments are especially interesting.

    USA Today. Can’t access comments, sadly.


  2. Texian says:

    There you go America – your three “Ambassadors..”.. “The face of America..” What the Chinese people saw splashed all over Chinese television.. Americans: Petty dumbass black thieves.. it is what it is..

    Petty – they stole sunglasses

    Black – yes, they are black..

    Dumbass – they stole sunglasses.. while in a foreign communist country..

    Thieves – they stole sunglasses


    I have no tolerance for dumbasses.. of any color..

    Liked by 15 people

  3. Nope2GOPe says:

    Dumb & Dumber & Dumbest…

    Liked by 2 people

  4. tony5460 says:

    On one hand, I am grateful that we have a President that stands behind his citizens in a foreign country. On the other hand, I wish the President only asked President Xi to conduct a fair and transparent investigation instead of just letting these three idiots free. These guys need to be held accountable. Why do they have more privilege than ordinary Chinese citizens or American citizens? In a broader context, this incident could have ramification far beyond these idiots can understand. If this incident were under the radar, it would not be a big deal for President Xi to intervene. Now because the stupid MSMs made a big deal out of the arrest. All of a sudden, it made President Xi and the Chinese government look weak because they gave preferential treatment to foreigners under foreign pressure. This is not the image that President Xi would like to show to the Chinese people. In another word, President Xi, as powerful as he is, actually took some political risk by doing Trump a favor. Now the question is, when President Xi asked President Trump to send back political dissident or criminals, would he return the favor?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Nan says:

      Charges were reduced, which is typical in US; then people plead guilty to a lesser crime, pay a fine and if no same/similar within a year, it gets expunged. Sometimes people get community service. No idea whether NCAA has penalties for shoplifting in foreign countries but UCLA can do anything from benching them for a couple of games, rescind scholarships, kick them off team, throw them out of school.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. My first thought was for President Trump to stay out of it. Let them learn there lesson. He could of waited a little while. Yea, I haven’t changed my mind, because these players are not in the least going to thank the president. There just going to on thinking they can get away w/ more crimes. I wish Trump would of stayed out of it.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Cuppa Covfefe says:

    Here’s the statement from the Chancellor of UCLA (on

    Message from Chancellor Block on UCLA basketball players returning to the U.S.
    UCLA Newsroom | November 14, 2017

    Chancellor Gene Block sent the following message to the UCLA campus community today.

    I know many of you have heard the news over the past week about three of our men’s basketball student-athletes who were detained by police in connection with a shoplifting incident in China. Since that time, our primary focus has been on bringing our students back safely, and I am pleased to report that they are now returning home.

    I would like to express my gratitude to all who helped us get to this point. I also want to acknowledge everyone who wrote or called to express their thoughts and concerns. We have heard and appreciate everyone’s views. I want to be clear that we take seriously any violations of the law. We remain one of the world’s top academic institutions in large part because of our values and standards, which we work hard to infuse throughout our campus community.

    When members of the UCLA family fail to uphold these values, we review these incidents with fair and thorough processes. In this particular case, both Athletics and the Office of Student Conduct will review this incident and guide any action with respect to the involved students. Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared.

    Our primary concern remains the safety and well-being of all members of our community, particularly our students. I am grateful they are headed home.

    (Kinda funny, that really was a BLOCK quote, with or without the html tags)


    • SuperTalk says:

      How the hell did UCLA forget to thank Trump?

      Liked by 8 people

    • “Our primary concern remains the safety and well-being of all members of our community, particularly our students. I am grateful they are headed home.”

      That seems to sum it all up as far as what UCLA is mainly concerned about.

      IMO, UCLA should be seriously angry at these three thieves who REPRESENTED UCLA while in China, and should toss them out of school immediately.

      It will be interesting to see if UCLA actually has the same morals and values that most Americans have…namely, that you DON’T STEAL. But, as we’ve all learned, liberal colleges and universities protect their liberal “offspring”, and I’m betting that NOTHING OF ANY CONSEQUENCE happens to these three thieves.

      Liked by 1 person

    • davidsstones says:

      Did I miss the part at the beginning of UCLA’s smug Chancellor Gene Block’s statement where he says;
      Today We especially want to thank our own President Donald Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping for their extraordinary willingness to interrupt their economic meetings of the two largest economies in the world to consider the immature and embarrassing decisions of our three students who acted with disrespect to the people of China and embarrassed as well the United States, when the students were apprehended by their Chinese hosts for stealing unneeded sunglasses. As Chancellor of UCLA I wish to deeply apologize on behalf of the University to President Xi Jinping and the People of China for the disregard of law and of their hosts by our students. The three young men will be punished, because they broke the law and we wish to return respect to President Xi Jinping for the respect he offered our students and our University and our President Trump………

      ……maybe Chancellor Block was busy stumbling over himself bragging about what he was doing and didn’t notice the boys didn’t sincerely thank President Trump but read their thank you’s, faces to the table, no eye contact. Not one, nor did the University, apolgize to China or Trump for insulting the Chinese and embarrassing both nations.


  7. Cakeeater says:

    But will they kneel or stand during the national anthem
    at the next game?

    Liked by 1 person

  8. positron1352 says:

    Young and naive. They probably still don’t know how good they have it here.


  9. DrivingBy says:

    Perhaps this was a political calculation, but we should not be asking China to let highly privileged Americas off for outright stealing stuff, stuff which they can afford to buy. One of those teens drives a Ferrari, the others are not exactly dining on beans and ketchup. I would have been much happier to have the assurance that “they will receive a fair trial, and if found guilty will receive exactly the same punishment as an average Chinese citizen would for the same act”.
    Joe Deplorable would not get the free pass those three got. We need to constantly keep DJT on track and remind him that we put him there not to assist his New York centimillionaire, media elite and political pals but to push back against them and the rest of the privileged class, **which includes these pre-NBA ballers.**

    Liked by 1 person

  10. jello333 says:

    I can’t really blame the three little Nuffins*. If my future was as bright as their’s I’d have to grab me a pair, too.

    (* Indigenous to the Dindu region of Scandinavia)


  11. NewfTea says:

    Trump should’ve let them rot in a Chinese prison.

    Screw these entitled, coddled, thug pseudo-students, whatever their “ethnic persuasion.”

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Nunya Bidness says:

    The Chancellor dares not thank Trump by name, He’d be fired right after the midnight riot in front of his house followed by an abject apology for insensitivity, and a large donation to BLM.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Sad that our President had to get involved in the release of three common thieves. If he hadn’t the left would have accused him of racism etc.etc. Wouldn’t trust these individuals in my home.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Obama would have probably traded cash for them……

    Liked by 2 people

  15. cavt says:

    UCLA’s ‘thank you’ memo from the chancellor is pathetic. They are too chickens___ to thank the President by name. What are the odds any of the three criminals will thank the President?? Bunch of ingrates–


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