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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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UCLA offering free tickets to California firefighters

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UCLA’s athletic department is trying to show some appreciation for the firefighters who have been working so hard to battle all the fires in the state.

The UCLA Athletics Twitter account announced on Wednesday that the school is offering two free tickets to all California firefighters who want to attend one of the Bruins’ last four men’s basketball games in December.

Firefighters who want to take advantage of the offer would have their choice of attending UCLA’s games against Cincinnati, South Dakota, Washington State or Washington. The games against Cincinnati and Washington are probably most appealing of the four.

Going back to last week, fires have broken out throughout Southern California. Many of the ones in the Los Angeles area, including one nearby UCLA, are nearly contained, but one in Ventura County has been spreading up towards Santa Barbara and causing damage. New fires have also broken out in San Diego. On top of the Southern California fires, there were awful fires in Northern California in October that caused 44 deaths and billions of dollars in destruction.

LiAngelo Ball, UCLA players suspended indefinitely for shoplifting incident

LiAngelo Ball

UCLA held a press conference on Wednesday to address the shoplifting incident that resulted in three players being arrested in China last week, and head coach Steve Alford revealed that the freshmen have been suspended indefinitely from the program.

Alford said the amount of games LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill will miss has not been determined.

Alford and UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero noted that the three players seemed genuinely remorseful, and it sounds as though they will be back with the team at some point. All three apologized for their actions and thanked U.S. president Donald Trump for his assistance in resolving the matter.

Guerrero confirmed that the players stole from three stores and said the charges against against them were dropped.

Shoplifting is a serious offense in China and can result in up to 10 years in prison, so the players were fortunate to have gotten off with a slap on the wrist. LaVar Ball may have tried to downplay his son’s arrest initially, but it would appear UCLA is taking it seriously.

Donald Trump says he kept UCLA players out of jail, wants a ‘thank you’

Donald Trump

The Three UCLA basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting in China last week received some assistance from Donald Trump in resolving their case, and the U.S. president would like it if the young men showed their appreciation.

UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were finally allowed to leave China on Tuesday after they were basically under house arrest for a week at their hotel. Trump spoke directly with Chinese president Xi Jinping to help settle the issue, and all the charges have reportedly been dropped. Trump says the three players were facing as much as 10 years in jail, and he wants some credit for helping out.

You didn’t think Mr. President would pass up an opportunity to toot his own horn, did you?

Shoplifting is a serious offense in China, and surveillance footage reportedly proved that the three UCLA players stole from three high-end stores at a shopping center. Other than being ripped on national television by a UCLA legend, they really haven’t faced any consequences. Like it or not, all indications are that Trump had a lot to do with that.

Report: LiAngelo Ball, UCLA players had all shoplifting charges dropped

LiAngelo Ball

The three UCLA basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting in China last week were finally allowed to return home on Tuesday, and it appears as though they will be coming back to the United States with no blemishes on their official police records.

According to a report from Mark Dreyer of China Sports Insider, all of the charges against UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill have been dropped. The players were permitted to leave the country on Tuesday after being placed under a version of house arrest at their hotel for a week, and Dreyer reports that they were not officially deported or escorted to the airport.

U.S. president Donald Trump arrived in China for a two-day stay the day after the arrests took place, and he spoke with Chinese president Xi Jinping about resolving the case. Sources told ESPN’s Arash Markazi that Trump’s involvement helped expedite the process, though there was never any real chance of the players serving jail time.

The three players are fortunate to have avoided legal trouble after surveillance footage reportedly showed them shoplifting from three high-end stores, but they could still face disciplinary action from UCLA. The school has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, during which Ball, Riley and Hill are expected to give statements. The three were already ripped on national television by one UCLA legend and are sure to face much more criticism.

Pac-12 commissioner releases statement on UCLA players who were arrested

LiAngelo Ball

The three UCLA basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting in China last week were on a plane home to Los Angeles Tuesday morning, and it sounds as though the case has reached a resolution.

In a statement, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott confirmed that UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were flying home from China and thanked the Chinese authorities for the way they handled the incident.

The three freshmen were arrested last Tuesday after surveillance footage reportedly proved that they had stolen items from three high-end stores at a shopping center in Hangzhou. Shoplifting is a serious offense in China and can result in up to 10 years in prison. The players had been on a version of house arrest for the past week at the hotel where the team stayed.

As Scott mentioned in his statement, U.S. president Donald Trump spoke with Xi Jinping, his Chinese counterpart, during a two-day stay in China last week. All indications are that the players are going to get a slap on the wrist, though they have already been ripped on national television by one UCLA legend and are likely to face disciplinary action from the university.

LiAngelo Ball, UCLA players reportedly flying back from China

LiAngelo Ball

The shoplifting case involving three UCLA basketball players in China appears to have reached some sort of resolution, as the three freshman were reportedly flying back to the United States on Tuesday.

According to James T. Areddy of the Wall Street Journal, the three UCLA players — LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley — were spotted late Tuesday at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai checking in for a Delta flight that was bound for Los Angeles. That came hours after U.S. president Donald Trump said he had spoken with Xi Jinping, his Chinese counterpart, and had a “great conversation” about the incident. Trump told reporters that Ball, Hill and Riley were facing long jail sentences but said Xi “has been terrific on that subject.”

The three players were arrested last Tuesday after surveillance footage reportedly proved that they had stolen items from three high-end stores at a shopping center in Hangzhou. Shoplifting is a serious offense in China and can result in up to 10 years in prison.

While it sounds like the UCLA freshmen are going to get off with a slap on the wrist, the incident has been a major embarrassment for the players, their families and the university. UCLA legend Bill Walton already ripped the players on national television, and they are sure to face plenty more criticism when they arrive home.

Donald Trump says LiAngelo Ball, UCLA players facing long jail sentences

LiAngelo Ball

The three UCLA basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting last week remained in China as of Tuesday, and reports have indicated that they could be punished with anything from a slap on the wrist to jail time.

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill are accused of stealing from several high-end stores at a shopping center in Hangzhou. Shoplifting is a serious offense in China, and U.S. president Donald Trump said Monday that the three freshmen are facing potentially long jail sentences.

Trump arrived in China for a two-day stay the day after the players were arrested, and he reportedly spoke with Chinese president Xi Jinping about the situation. While there has been talk that the freshmen could spend up to 10 years in a Chinese prison, it sounds like they are going to get off much easier than that.