UCLA players could be stuck in China for months over shoplifting arrests

UCLA players could be stuck in China for months over shoplifting arrests

UCLA players could be stuck in China for months over shoplifting arrests

The three players, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, could serve the punishment at the hotel where the UCLA and Georgia Tech teams stayed in Hangzhou, the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou.

Lavar Ball, the outspoken father of the Ball brothers, stated that the shoplifting situation "ain't that big of a deal" and that LiAngelo "will be fine".

If there is an arrest, an investigation will follow, which could possibly take months before charges could be brought, at which point the three basketball players would face a legal system with a 99 percent conviction rate.

UCLA's season-opener against Georgia Tech will still be played on Friday, with or without the three players.

"I'm going to wait until I get more intel on what's going on", LaVar told ESPN on Wednesday.

The university said it was cooperating with local authorities.

The Chinese government reported the incident to USA officials, Chinese foreign ministry officials previously said.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, meanwhile, said the conference is "very disappointed" by any actions that would detract from a positive cross-cultural experience.

From left to right, UCLA basketball players Jalen Hill, LiAngelo Ball and Cody Riley are seen in photos provided by the university.

"We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China", UCLA said in a statement Tuesday. "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards".

News of the incident broke as US President Donald Trump landed in China, part of a trip to five Asian nations. They were reportedly accused of stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store that is next to the hotel. "We stand ready to provide appropriate consular assistance for United States citizens".

LaVar Ball, the father of the Ball athlete family, isn't anxious. Their youngest son, LaMelo Ball, is in high school.

The family stars in its own reality show on Facebook, "Ball in the Family", and boasts an athletic apparel line, Big Baller Brand.

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