Well this isn’t going to fit the left’s narrative. President Trump steps in and asks Chinese President Xi Jinping for help with the UCLA, LiAngelo Ball situation.
While in Beijing, President Trump spoke with President Jinping about the issue. This was just one day after Ball and his two teammates were arrested for shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vutton store.
Per reports from the Washington Post, the Chinese president promised to take a look at the issue and assured President Trump the players would be treated fairly.
According to sources from the Post the sentence has been reduced and a resolution is on the way.
President Trump isn’t the only person trying to help the UCLA players. Jack Ma, the incredibly rich Chinese founder of Alibaba, has became involved and is working to get the players home quickly.
If convicted the maximum sentence is up to ten years in prison.
Per The Washington Post:
LiAngelo Ball and his teammates could face as many as three-to-10 years in prison, according to a Yahoo report. Washington Post correspondent Simon Denyer reports from Beijing that someone who takes goods worth between 1,000 yuan ($150) and 2,500 yuan ($380), for example, could face a maximum sentence of six months, but might escape with only a fine. Stealing anything worth more than that would be punished with jail time. Someone convicted of stealing goods worth between 7,000 ($1,050) and 10,000 yuan ($1,510) would face between two and three years in jail under Chinese law. Theft of something worth 2,500 yuan to 4,000 yuan could result in a sentence of 6 months to one year and 4,000 yuan to 7,000 yuan, one to two years. ESPN reports that the players will not be allowed to leave their hotel in Hangzhou until the legal process is over.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. One thing is for sure. This was an incredibly stupid move by these young men.