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. Lunatic Fringe, Phd. [undocumented] says:

    The BEST thing about President Trump making this move is that if he hadn’t, these THIEVES would have become martyr statesmen par excellence.

    Liked by 15 people

  2. BobBoxBody says:

    Contrast that with how the Obummer administration handled what happened with that guy in NKorea. These guys arguably deserved to be fed to the wolves but Trump pulled their @sses out of the fire. How is the media gonna continue to cry “raciss” after this? I mean we all know they will, but who is gonna take them SERIOUSLY at this point?

    Liked by 13 people

  3. webgirlpdx says:

    UCLA needs to kick them off the team. Period.

    Liked by 24 people

  4. Kerry Gimbel says:

    Hmmm. Let’s see if they will be raising a fist or taking a knee in the future

    Liked by 12 people

    • webgirlpdx says:

      You know they’ll still call the President a racist and that this move was nothing more than PDJT trying to show he isn’t as big of a racist. We know that’s how they think.

      Liked by 14 people

      • piper567 says:

        sorry webgirl, I agree with NC PATRIOT..Trump is President of All Americans; the release of these thugs had nothing to do with their race. It could have been a situation where China already had a US citizen in detention. Trump would have acted in the same way.
        Its our institutions that are compromised…I doubt these athletes will receive any recriminations.
        Look at the NFL…some of those thugs include rapists and murderers…and they still play every week.
        Nice example for all.

        Liked by 2 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      I am so grateful to the comments I have read on Yahoo for our President! Americans are waking up little by little!


      Now UCLA needs to do their part and EXPEL these ingrates.
      Likes 168 / Dislikes 0


      Not good news for the MSM and anti-Trumpers who were wishing that Trump would fail miserably on his first trip as President to the Far East.

      Trump is a example of leading from the front unlike his predecessor who led from behind.
      Likes 136 / Dislikes 3


      The question is whether these three knuckleheads will appreciate the efforts by President Trump to set them free or follow the Pied Piper, Colin Kaepernick, whose idea of opposing oppression is Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, the most brutal totalitarians in the western hemisphere’s history..
      Likes 131 / Dislikes 2


      JUST IN FROM CNN-Trump discriminates against blacks by having them released from China prison.
      Likes 108 / Dislikes 2

      Liked by 9 people

  5. Michael says:

    POTUS spends political capitol for three lowlife. Whatever the cost it was too much IMO.

    Liked by 7 people

  6. RyderLee says:

    These ballers should be Forever Grateful to our President !
    He got them out of China but they need to be punished here
    if only to understand how Very Lucky they are .
    Embarrassing and Lacking in judgement .
    President Trump has a Much Bigger Heart than me !

    Liked by 7 people

  7. They could have been Obama’s sons….

    Liked by 12 people

  8. Gadsden says:

    Naturally, in their statement UCLA basically takes credit for the release.

    Liked by 8 people

  9. stenwin77 says:

    Bummer. They should rot in a Chinese prison, or come home without their hands.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Molly says:

    What is so ridiculous, is the fact that LiAngelo Ball is the son of LaVar Ball, owner of Ball Baller Brand, worth $3 billion. Stealing in another country, especially China, is the LAST thing he should be doing. IDK if this early release from China will teach them anything but I hope so. They were facing 3-10 years in a Chinese prison!!! 😲

    Liked by 11 people

  11. Katie says:

    “LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalem Hill have embarrassed our country, our president, their school and their families.” I doubt anyone in their families or from that school – and especially these three – will ever think that and if any serious punishment is waiting for them when they get back home, I will be completely shocked.

    Liked by 12 people

  12. tgmccoy says:

    Best education those brats ever had was a week or so in a Chinese slammer…

    Liked by 2 people

    • Tegan says:

      Tgmecoy…instead they were holed up in a pricey Hilton Hotel with undoubtedly unlimited room service. Probably playing music and video games the entire time. As one reportedly said…”no big deal.”

      Liked by 3 people

  13. calbear84 says:

    You can take the kids out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the kids.

    Liked by 8 people

  14. woodstuff says:

    I’m not holding my breath until any one of these three say thank you to P45.

    Liked by 10 people

  15. Michael says:

    Methinks this could have been planned as a distraction and embarrassment. Nah too paranoid /s

    Liked by 1 person

  16. BigFire says:

    Obama probably wouldn’t done anything if UCLA isn’t in his bracket.

    Liked by 5 people

  17. Where are the “thank you” comments from Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Maxine Walters and the empty barrel clown herself? They are silent because what those three thugs did in China, is what these 4 are doing and have been doing for decades……robbing the public blind!! Watch President Trump will STILL be called a Racist.

    Liked by 15 people

  18. Abster says:

    Once again proving lying, thieving black lives matter.

    Liked by 2 people

  19. Ellie says:

    lol. Future astronauts from America’s best institution of higher education.

    Where’s that disgraceful weirdo from Florida in the sequin cowboy hat? What’s she got to say? hmmmm?

    Just sayin

    Liked by 4 people

  20. Donna in Oregon says:

    UCLA. How tacky. Did Winona Ryder go there too? Next UCLA Business course, 10 Finger Discounts. This University looks like crap on the World stage today. The Chancellor needs to get some serious feedback from alumni.

    We need to know if these people received grants/scholarships and if they did let’s look to see if they can be taken away because of this.

    Worth a look IMHO.

    Liked by 3 people

    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      I am sure there us some sort of conduct or behavior clause in contracts somewhere. Scholarship or offer to be on team.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        NCAA used to be (USED TO) very picky. They were always hacking away at ‘SC, and some other schools, so they had their internal politics, too.

        I suspect UCLA’s statement that they worked very hard to free the perps was more for the alumni/donors than for anyone else.

        Three or four years in a Chinese prison, i.e. until the perps’ scholarships,etc. run out would have been fitting. Then they could practice dribbling on 7th and Main, down by the bus station, say, at 2:00 in the morning. Good luck, cupcakes…


  21. says:

    Trump finally did something I disagree with. He should have left them sitting in a Chinese jail cell.

    Liked by 1 person

    • amwick says:

      Nope. That would have made him look weak. As much as I despise these three idiots, I am sure this was the best possible outcome for the nation as a whole. Our President is the winner here, those boys came back in shame.

      Liked by 8 people

      • Sharon says:

        But buuut I thought Trump was a racist! sarc/

        Liked by 1 person

        • amwick says:

          IKR? He is a great leader, and made a tough decision. This one is kinda dmned if you do, and dmned if you don’t. He gets grief either way…. but he did what was best for our nation, I believe it. See what happens when they get back..

          Liked by 1 person

      • AmericaFirst says:

        After I read one of them was quoted as having said it was “no big deal” I really don’t view these three young men as having enough personal integrity to feel any shame. After all, they didn’t just shoplift, they WENT TO CHINA and shoplifted! Wow. Now they’re free and on their way home, having behaved like that, on the world stage, with seemingly no ramifications.

        I believe Something should have happened in a way for them to understand that it was a BIG DEAL.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Trump IS the winner here but those three guys didn’t come back “in shame”. They’re way too stupid and full of the ‘entitlement’ mentality to know how to feel shame for what they did. They’re most likely boasting about how they were “made famous” in China!

        Liked by 2 people

    • Doug says:

      honestly the way the media would have played it its best to get them free and make the left accuse him of racism even after doing something like this… they will just continue to look dumber as the days go on

      Liked by 1 person

    • Coast says:

      I agree….or at least have each of them admit their crime, apologize to the Chinese people, and thank President Trump in a public statement prior to getting on the plane back home.

      Liked by 5 people

    • Phil aka Felipe says:

      [He should have left them sitting in a Chinese jail cell.]

      For 60-90 days, minimum, just so they could experience some “discomfort” that they might appreciate what they were delivered from.

      I doubt they will learn anything from this except that they think they’re still celebrities.

      After all, they were so important the POTUS stepped in to help them.

      Liked by 4 people

  22. JohnnyII says:

    Imagine if these boneheads were caught stealing during the o admin. China would have toyed with the players and obummer for awhile. They’re lucky, yes.

    And I think President Trump had no choice in this matter.

    Liked by 2 people

  23. scott467 says:

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



    Talk about privilege, these idiots have it in spades.

    Another typical case of American blind injustice.

    Now they’ll laugh all the way home, get high, and trash Trump and America for the rest of their lives, having learned nothing at all from the experience, and being emboldened to think they are above the law even more at home.

    If they can get away with serious crimes in China, what CAN’T they get away with in the land of the politically-correct and the home of the race-hustler?

    Liked by 5 people

  24. BabyBoomer says:

    These idiot UCLA basketball players have embarrassed our country, they’ve embarrassed our President, they have embarrassed their university, and they have embarrassed their parents. They did not filch Wally World brand sunglasses. They went for the costly Louis Vuitton.

    IMHO, these three thieves should be expelled from UCLA after being kicked off the basketball team. This is a much more lenient outcome then what awaited them from the Chinese courts and the prison time handed out to them for their crime.

    Liked by 3 people

  25. JC says:

    These 3 young men are extremely fortunate President Trump intervened on their behalf. I’m thinking that, at the very least, they must:
    •Pay their own return airfare home.
    •Write letters of apology to the Louis Vuitton company headquarters, the manager of the store, their teammates, their coach, the Athletic Department and their school.
    •Write a letter of apology and deep appreciation to Presidents Trump and Xi Jinping.
    •Be removed from the basketball team.

    No excuse for this despicable behavior and its international implications.

    Liked by 9 people

    • scott467 says:

      “These 3 young men are extremely fortunate President Trump intervened on their behalf.”


      Yeah, ‘lucky’. Luckier than you or I would ever be in similar circumstances, that’s for sure.


      “I’m thinking that, at the very least, they must:
      •Pay their own return airfare home.”


      They ain’t be gots no money. Unless you count the illegal payoffs from alumni and from contracted future corporate sponsors, but they can’t talk about that.


      •Write letters of apology to the Louis Vuitton company headquarters, the manager of the store, their teammates, their coach, the Athletic Department and their school. •Write a letter of apology and deep appreciation to Presidents Trump and Xi Jinping.”


      That presumes they can write, which, if they are products of the public education system in Leftist America, most likely they can’t. They MIGHT be able to write their own name, if it’s not too complicated.


      “•Be removed from the basketball team.”


      Not likely. Their whole reason for existence is to benefit the school’s basketball team, which brings in big $$$ to the university. Removing them from the team would be like the UCLA Treasurer shooting himself in the foot on principle.

      The treasurer of UCLA doesn’t have any principles. If he did, he wouldn’t be the treasurer of a radical Leftist university in the first place.

      Liked by 2 people

    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      This presupposes that each can compose such a letter.

      Liked by 6 people

  26. William Green says:

    Who wants to bet that UCLA kicks them off the team? Probably the punishment will be a remedial ethics class taught by a former felon. They embarrassed themselves, their families, their university, and our country. President Trump did not have to intervene to save them.


  27. Sundance, your opening comments on these three thieves and what And who they mis-represent are spot on.

    Liked by 2 people

  28. CountryclassVulgarian says:

    So now he is colluding with the Russians AND the Chinese????

    Liked by 1 person

  29. William F Buckley's Ghost says:

    Entitlement!!! I’m glad Trump personally intervened with the Chinese leader but I’m not sure these three guys appreciate the effort or will learn a lesson from it. The problem is entitlement! Free college tuition. Free room and board. Free “A” grades without any tests, effort or studying. Free travel all over the world. All that and they had steal clothes from a luxury store in hotel??? Why, because they know that there’s no punishment even if they are caught.


  30. rsanchez1990 says:

    China used these knuckleheads as bargaining chips. They better appreciate that our President loves ALL Americans.

    Liked by 1 person

    • scott467 says:

      How much value could they possibly have as bargaining chips?

      Doesn’t that presuppose that anyone actually wants them back?

      If so, who? UCLA (who trashes anything remotely related to America or patriotism or conservatism)? Or their families (95% chance they also trash anything remotely related to America, or patriotism, or conservatism).

      I could just see Hussein going out of his way to rescue three white boys from a conservative university (if any such unicorn existed, of course).

      They were caught committing a crime. That happens to hundreds (thousands?) of Americans all over the world, every year. Most people don’t get a Monopoly ‘Get out of Jail Free’ card simply because they are Americans.


  31. Vince says:

    This was finally too much winning.

    Liked by 4 people

  32. Here is the ultimate mix of irony and hypocrisy:

    California Assembly Bill 1887 prevents the use of state money to travel to states with laws they disagree with.
    The following states are currently subject to California’s ban on state-funded and state-sponsored travel:

    North Carolina
    South Dakota

    Perhaps President Trump should have let the State of California secure their release since they believe China is a better option for travel than states in our own country.

    Liked by 5 people

  33. waltherppk says:

    These future astronauts should have to perform a year of character building community service, working as volunteer shine boys providing free shoe shines in the lobby of the Chinese embassy. When the shine business is slow, then they can wash dishes, wash and wax cars and clean toilets.

    Wax on …..wax off

    Liked by 3 people

  34. C. Lowell says:

    If Obama had triplet sons…

    Liked by 3 people

  35. patrickhenrycensored says:

    cnn says……………….
    Astronaughts have returned home safely

    Liked by 2 people

  36. ADDgolfer says:

    I’m not sure what President Trump has said of the actions he took for the release of these idiots, AFTER he left the country.
    I just hope he or the WH don’t speak of them again.

    Liked by 1 person

  37. Pam says:

    I hope these families appreciate what our POTUS did for their kids but I agree with the choir, they didn’t exactly deserve a release.

    Liked by 1 person

    • scott467 says:

      “I hope these families appreciate what our POTUS did for their kids…”


      They won’t. They’ll vote for the next demonrat who comes down the chute.

      Liked by 3 people

  38. Brett says:

    If these players had stayed in China, they would have found out what REAL oppression is. They would also not be allowed to ‘take a knee’, either. As it is, with the sad state of our country, they will be welcomed as heroes…

    Liked by 4 people

    • Doug says:

      trust me i was there for the olympics in 2008 and there were signs on some places that said no africans please.. i was unsettled by it but the point is people dont realize the openness america offers and respect.. these other nations simply dont care about things the west does. these three men should be kicked off the team and out of the school … just truly embrassing

      Liked by 1 person

  39. FL_GUY says:

    Looking at these guys pictures, all that is missing is a string of numbers and a profile shot.

    They should be made to stay in Chinese jail for a few months. Rewarding bad behavior never has a good outcome. Take for example John McCain. If he had gotten what he deserved early in life, there would be a lot of people still alive today between the Forrestal deaths and no telling how many deaths he caused from his aid and comfort to the enemy.

    Liked by 1 person

  40. patrickhenrycensored says:

    They dindu nuffin.
    They was comparison shoppin’ and sheeeeeeeeeet.

    Liked by 2 people

  41. blakeney says:

    Collecting on a favor was totally wasted on them.

    Liked by 2 people

  42. rolisize says:


    Liked by 1 person

  43. blakeney says:

    Yet another case of Black Privilege.

    Liked by 1 person

  44. Comrade Mope says:

    Greenpeace’s Arctic Sun ran afoul of Russian law about four years ago when they tried to stop oil drilling in Russian waters. The lefty howls when they were charged with piracy and facing 15 years in a Russian prison actually made the NYT worth buying for a day. OMG that was some good reading. One guy was complaining in letters home, that there was… wait for it… second hand smoke because people were chain-smoking.
    In Indonesia they would have beat them with a stick, like their parents should have.
    In the end this reflects on all Americans, not just African-Americans. As good-will ambassadors they failed in their obligation to those they represented. They lack the moral turpitude to ever be placed in a position where credibility is a requirement. That includes the NBA where children look up to cretins like this.

    Liked by 3 people

  45. scott467 says:

    “In addition to being a national embarrassment, they were facing harsh legal consequences in China that would forever destroy their lives. ”


    Or save them.

    It is the path they are currently on which often leads to destruction.

    Liked by 1 person

  46. Beaujest says:

    Have not heard from LeBron James or his half white pal Stephon Curry yet ! Called our president a bum and Curry refused the White House invite !

    Liked by 1 person

  47. Pam says:

    Liked by 7 people

  48. scott467 says:

    “Ball is the brother of LA Lakers guard Lonzo Ball.”


    Privilege stacked upon privilege…


    “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.”


    No ‘discipline’, no ‘sanctions’, no nuthin’.

    Dindoo nuffin’.


    “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.”


    This pathetic excuse for an adult role model won’t even call their crime a crime, he uses a euphemism, a word his players couldn’t spell if their lives depended on it, because the entire education system has been destroyed by those who profit from it.

    And what sort of ‘significant efforts’ did UCLA make on behalf of the three players?




    What do they have to bargain with besides money, providing services (i.e., bribery in kind) or begging?

    Liked by 1 person

  49. Rob1 says:

    I’d love to know the whole story here. The article and all the comments so far assume that these three guys are actually guilty of shoplifting. They may well be guilty, but the AP article states “detained on suspicion of shoplifting”.

    They cold be completely innocent.
    One of them could be guilty and the others were arrested because they were with him.

    They all are guilty of shoplifting.

    Anybody who willingly breaks laws for trivial stuff in foreign countries is just plain stupid. Otto Warmbier did the same kind of thing. Other countries are not the USA! You can’t assume you have the same rights in other countries as you do back home. Otto paid with his life. These three got off very easy. Guilty or not, I sure hope they express appreciation for Trump’s compassion.

    Liked by 1 person

    • patrickhenrycensored says:

      Video involved, many locations.

      Liked by 2 people

    • scott467 says:

      Report: Video surveillance shows UCLA players stealing from 3 stores
      The Spun
      Nov 11th 2017 7:03PM

      Excerpt: “Markazi is now reporting that there is video surveillance of the three players shoplifting from three different stores.”

      Liked by 3 people

      • decisiontime16 says:

        These guys just didn’t start their their thieving ways in China. Most likely it’s a lifestyle. Over the years, who knows how much they have stolen. “No big deal.”

        Liked by 3 people

      • bessie2003 says:

        Aren’t college sports athletes bound by some sort of morals clause?

        If so, and they are not expelled from the University because of their breaching such a clause, can the Federal Gov.t dept. of Education withholding funding to those Universities who do oversee their student athletes from abiding by their contractual obligations

        These 3 men have embarrassed their country by their antics. Just saying. My opinion.

        Liked by 1 person

        • scott467 says:

          “Aren’t college sports athletes bound by some sort of morals clause?”


          What ‘morals’ are left that the Left have not torn down with aggravated malice aforethought?

          What sin can anyone name which the Left does not glorify, promote or endorse, and for which there are many current examples?

          Are there any?

          Even a single one?

          Liked by 1 person

          • bessie2003 says:

            I remember when still in school, on the swimming and diving teams one had to join the ncaa and adhere to morals clauses, basically don’t break the law or do anything that would bring shame or legal jeopardy to the team, or school. Thought that would still be part of these students when they signed contracts for sports scholarships, etc.

            Maybe those were from a time now past.

            Liked by 1 person

            • scott467 says:

              Like everything else, even if those clauses still exist, they are only enforced if it suits the Left’s political agenda.

              If a Leftist or any member of a ‘protected class’ is found in violation, it is overlooked and excused, unless the consequences for doing so are financially unsustainable, at which point they used to throw them under the bus.

              Today, their religious belief in the ‘protected classes’ is so great, they will sacrifice entire multi-billion dollar institutions on the religious altar of political-correctness.

              I give you the NFL as exhibit ‘A’.

              Liked by 1 person

  50. redridge45 says:

    Punks. They will be doing the talk show circuit, I’m sure.

    Liked by 3 people

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