UCLA Men's Basketball Players Arrested in China

LiAngelo Ball one of three UCLA players arrested in China

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, U.S. media reports said Wednesday.

LiAngelo, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested for allegedly stealing items from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.

On Wednesday, UCLA head coach Steve Alford said the three freshmen will not play when the Bruins open their season on Saturday against Georgia Tech.

‎"We are aware of reports of three USA citizens arrested and subsequently released on bail in China", a State Dept. official tells us.

UCLA's statement, per ESPN, said the university was aware of the incident and cooperating with Chinese authorities. "The players questioned were respectful at all times".

Scott did not elaborate on what occurred and he said the league was directing all inquiries about the specifics of the matter to UCLA. UCLA ultimately fell to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, which prompted LaVar to blame Lonzo's white teammates Bryce Alford, T. J. Leaf, and Thomas Welsh.

While the Georgia Tech players were allowed to leave, the UCLA kid were reportedly seen getting into a police auto. "We will continue to closely monitor the situation". Ball previously told ESPN that he was planning on traveling to China for the game, but it is unknown whether he is there. The three Georgia Tech players questioned and cleared by police include sophomore Justin Moore and freshmen Jose Alvarado and Jon Brown.

"I'm going to wait until I get more intel on what's going on".

"He'll be fine. He'll be fine", Ball said. "Everybody making it a big deal".

According to Arash Markazi of ESPN, the three players were released on bail around 4 a.m. and, "are being required by Hangzhou police to remain at the hotel until the legal process is over". "We will comment shortly". Georgia Tech also released a statement regarding the matter, "During the questioning, it was determined that Georgia Tech student-athletes were not involved in the activities being investigated", the statement read.

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