"Among the new details that have emerged: what the players stole from the other two stores besides the sunglasses from Louis Vuitton and that the players were required to leave the police station multiple times to return the items they stole to all three stores", the report read.
LaVar Ball has revived his Twitter feud with President Trump, hitting out at reports that the president did little to nothing to free his son from Chinese custody after he was arrested for shoplifting. The players, now embroiled in reports of an global incident, were not permitted to leave for Los Angeles until Tuesday, a week after their arrest and three days after their UCLA teammates returned home. While Trump might have spoken to the Chinese president on the player's behalf, he did not intervene until after everything was taken care of. The trio's passports were withheld to keep them from leaving the Hangzhou province they were in, but they were allowed to maneuver around the city.
'The charges were dropped, they weren't reduced, and that happened two days before we heard from Gen. Kelly'.
"It was important for [Chinese authorities] that the players were left back for a couple of days after the rest of the team flew home", a UCLA source said. The school then reportedly asked the players to thank Trump even though they didn't know what role the president had really played in their release. "He had already tweeted about getting a thank you the morning of the press conference, so thank him and move on". The players had no need for Trump to step in as they were already in the clear.
"The situation was already resolved by the time we heard about Trump's involvement", one team source said. "That's not to take away from the fact that he got involved, but the players already had their passports back and their flights booked to go home Tuesday night when Gen. Kelly called the players".