The three UCLA basketball players who'd been detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting apologized for their actions at a news conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration) STORY: The three UCLA basketball players who'd been detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting apologized for their actions at a news conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The players, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, also thanked U.S. President Donald Trump who said he had sought the help of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the case. The players landed at Los Angeles International Airport on a flight from Shanghai on Tuesday evening, their heads down. Trump had raised the issue with Xi at a dinner held during the U.S. leader's Nov. 8-10 state visit to Beijing. Trump was in the region for a summit of Asian leaders. The UCLA team had been in China for a game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, which UCLA won 63-60. The teams had traveled to Hangzhou earlier in the week to visit the headquarters of the game's sponsor, Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd . The three students, all freshmen, were taken in for questioning by police about alleged shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store. They were released from police custody early on Wednesday and had been confined to a luxury hotel pending legal proceedings.