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Trump on UCLA players: 'I should have left them in jail!'

Trump on UCLA players: 'I should have left them in jail!'”

President Donald Trump on Sunday fired off a Twitter tirade against the outspoken father of one of the UCLA basketball players arrested on suspicion of shoplifting while touring in China. I should have left them in jail!' Trump said.

The UCLA players were on a team trip to China to play a game against Georgia Tech when they were arrested on November 7 on suspicion of stealing a pair of sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store as well as items from two other high-end stores near the team hotel in Hangzhou.

President Trump, later took credit for their release, saying that he personally intervened with the Chinese president.

Freshman LiAngelo Ball was detained along with Jalen Hill and Cody Riley almost two weeks ago and returned last week after Trump said he had a long conversation with Chinese President Xi Jinping about the incident.

"To the three UCLA basketball players I say: You're welcome, go out and give a big Thank You to President Xi Jinping of China who made.your release possible and, HAVE A GREAT LIFE!". I want to put it on the table.

At a press conference after their return, all three players had individually thanked Trump, and initially, Trump seemed to acknowledge the players' gratitude.

Hill, Riley and Ball had been required to stay at their hotel in Hangzhou after being questioned about a shoplifting incident.

'As long as my boy's back here, I'm fine, ' LaVar Ball told ESPN.

All three UCLA players have been indefinitely suspended from the team, coach Steve Alford said. "I'm happy with how things were handled. Now if you can go back and say when he was 12 years old he was shoplifting and stealing cars and going wild, then that's a different thing", he said.

"Everybody gets stuck on the negativity of some things, and they get stuck on them too long", he concluded.



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