Three U.C.L.A. men’s basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, the brother of the Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, were detained in Shanghai on shoplifting charges.In China, theft can result in punishment ranging from a few days to many years in prison.China’s justice system has an extremely high conviction rate, which critics have said is indicative of its unfairness. In China, those detained, including foreigners, can be held for prolonged periods without a trial and subject to harsh conditions and violence. Still, given the high-profile nature of the case, but that's when Donald Trump decided to step in and do something about it.
President Trump personally asked his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to help resolve the case of three UCLA men’s basketball players who were arrested for shoplifting while in Hangzhou for a tournament. After Trump raised the matter, Xi promised to look into the case and ensured the players would be treated fairly and expeditiously. A few days after Trumps meeting the players were released with charges dropped and sent back to the USA. All three men said they were extremely sorry for shoplifting -- didn't dispute the allegations one bit -- and promised they will redeem themselves moving forward.