Report: LiAngelo Ball, UCLA players detained in China are returning to Los Angeles

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Just hours after Donald Trump reportedly enlisted the help of Chinese President Xi Jinping to end the legal process that three UCLA players are going through, the trio of Bruins are set to fly home.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill are scheduled to return to Los Angeles on Tuesday. The three players were seen at Pudong International Airport checking into a Delta flight.

Ball, Riley and Hill had been arrested and confined to their hotel in Hangzhou after allegedly shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store. The three were reportedly caught on video. They remained in Hangzhou as their teammates – and LaVar Ball – traveled to Shanghai for the team’s 63-60 win over Georgia Tech in the season-opener.

Given what this story has turned into, I do not envy the scene those three will walk into when they arrive at LAX and I certainly do not envy what LiAngelo is going to have to face when he gets home and sees LaVar.