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Wednesday / October 24.
  • Three UCLA Players Suspended Indefinitely

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    The three UCLA players arrested for shoplifting in China — LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill — have been “indefinitely suspended” from the team, head coach Steve Alford announced Wednesday.

    The players returned to Los Angeles from China on Tuesday after President Donald Trump worked with Chinese President Xi Jinping to secure their release.

    “To President trump and the United States government, thank you for taking the time to intervene on our behalf. We really appreciate you helping us out,” Riley said.

    “I would also like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help that they provided as well,” said Ball. “I’m grateful to be back home and I’ll never make a mistake like this again.”

    Trump Tweeted asking if the players would thank him.

    “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,” Trump told reporters Tuesday on board Air Force One. “What they did was unfortunate. You know, you’re talking about very long prison sentences. [The Chinese] do not play games.”

    In a statement, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the school “take[s] seriously any violations of the law.”

    “In this particular case, both Athletics and the Office of Student Conduct will review this incident and guide any action with respect to the involved students,” he said. “Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.