On the same day that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in Beijing for a whole day of visits with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his spouse, news reaches us from ashore that 3 UCLA basketball players were arrested in China for shoplifting on the same day.
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Not exactly the news you want to be bringing during a Presidential visit to that country, but we are sure that was not exactly on those young men’s minds as they tried to rob the local Luis Vuitton store in Hangzhou.
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) players are expected to play their season opener against Georgia Tech in China as part of their league's Pac-12 Global initiative, aiming to boost international recognition and the personal experience of players.
The players that were arrested in the city of Hangzhou are Mr Cody Riley, Mr LiAngelo Ball and Mr Jalen Hill, according to reports.
Young Mr Ball is the junior brother of LA Lakers player Lonzo Ball and son to former basketball player LaVar Ball.
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His father released a statement a short while ago: "It is a very unfortunate situation that the Ball Family, and UCLA has to deal with at this particular time. We will comment shortly."
According to reports, the trio was later released on bail.
The UCLA Athletics spokeswoman, Ms Shana Wilson, confirmed the news: "We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China. The university is co-operating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time."
Three students from Georgia Tech were with the gentlemen from UCLA at the time but they were only questioned and not arrested.
The season opener game is scheduled for Friday in Shanghai. It is held in China because e-commerce giant Alibaba is a co-sponsor as of this year.