UCLA Basketball Players Arrested in China on Suspicion of Shoplifting

Nov 09, 2017, 00:42
UCLA Basketball Players Arrested in China on Suspicion of Shoplifting

LiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers star Lonzo Ball, was among three college basketball players arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting, United States media reports said Wednesday.

UCLA has not commented further outside of their initial statement in regards to the matter. UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford said he will sit the three players involved in the incident.

The team was scheduled to then return to Shanghai Wednesday, holding a practice and visiting a Disney resort that day. The players may also be detained for more than a month, without access to an American-style bail hearing, while local prosecutors determine whether to bring charges, the website reported.

According to sources, the police were not playing around with their investigation, as they came into the hotel and questioned players from both teams.

Yesterday it was reported that UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were involved in an incident involoving a Louis Vuitton store near the team's hotel in Hangzhou, China. Police interviewed players from both teams before clearing three players from Georgia Tech, according to a statement released by the school.

"We are aware of reports of three USA citizens arrested and subsequently released on bail in China", a State Department official told TMZ Sports on Wednesday. "The players questioned were respectful at all times".

Ball is a member of a high-profile basketball family.

The UCLA Bruins, much like others around the country, will open up their 2017-18 college basketball season on Friday.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott issued a statement saying the conference is "disappointed" in the situation. "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards". "Everybody making it a big deal. We will continue to closely monitor the situation".

Of course, a news story involving a Ball son isn't complete without the father weighing in.

The Bruins team had been over in China since the weekend in advance of their season-opening game in Shanghai against Georgia Tech.

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