After Trump raised the matter with the Chinese president, Xi promised to look into the case and ensure that the players are treated fairly and expeditiously, a USA official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation told the Washington Post.
According to the Post, ESPN reported that surveillance footage was acquired by Chinese authorities and the players may only be required to stay "for a week or two".
Shoplifting can bring jail time in China depending on the value of the goods. They were released on bail early Wednesday morning and have been staying at a lakeside hotel in Hangzhou since then.
Citing a source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation, sports channel ESPN last week reported the players could be Hangzhou for "a week or two" while the situation is resolved.
UCLA won Saturday's game in Shanghai 63-60 without the three players.
Xi promised to look into the case and ensure that the players are treated fairly and expeditiously, the paper quoted a USA official saying on condition of anonymity. This source also noted that the charges against the players have been reduced and their case is proceeding toward a resolution.
The UCLA and Georgia Tech squads had taken a side trip to the Hangzhou headquarters of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba a few days ahead of their weekend regular-season-opening game in Shanghai. Neither made any mention of the UCLA players' arrests.
With Chinese Racism Against Black People, Can LiAngelo Ball And UCLA Players Get A Fair Trial? The rest of the team flew home afterwards.
LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill emerged publicly for the first time Monday and a school athletics official said they were "doing fine", though both their legal case and their standing as part of UCLA's basketball team remained unclear.
Trump, who has branded himself as a tough-on-crime politician, seemed to concede the players' guilt, but said it's a "very, very rough situation with what happened to them".
Areddy of the Wall Street Journal reported the news.
The Ball patriarch has since been unnaturally silent during the whole ordeal, but did comment on Twitter that "It ain't that big a deal".