UCLA basketball players arrested for shoplifting in China released on bond

UCLA basketball players arrested for shoplifting in China released on bond

Lonzo Ball says he has not yet spoken to his family, including his brother, UCLA freshman LiAngelo Ball, who was released on bail in Hangzhou, China, after being arrested for allegedly shoplifting Tuesday afternoon.

The three UCLA basketball players questioned over shoplifting allegations in Hangzhou, China, could face a lengthy legal limbo depending on the actions of authorities handling their case, an expert in Chinese law said Wednesday.

Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott issued a statement Tuesday night saying that UCLA basketball players were "involved in a situation" in China, with police being summoned to the team's hotel to investigate the matter.

No further information about the UCLA players' status beyond Saturday's game in China was immediately released.

"I'm just trying to focus on the game", Ball said when asked for his thoughts on hearing about the situation.

"UCLA is cooperating fully with local authorities", Scott said.

LiAngelo plans to join his brother Lonzo in the National Basketball Association next year, according to the boys' father, LaVar Ball, who has himself cultivated a certain notoriety in sports media for being brash and outspoken.




A spokesperson from the US State Department told CNN it is "aware of reports of three US citizens arrested in China".

LiAngelo Ball, a freshman, is the middle child of LaVar and Tina Ball.

In a video posted Wednesday on Twitter by ESPN writer Arash Markazi, LaVar Ball said his son LiAngelo would be fine.

The trio will not play against the Yellow Jackets and could miss additional games.

The outspoken LaVar Ball has made regular headlines with his provocative comments since eldest son Lonzo began starring at UCLA previous year. He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal. "It ain't that big of a deal".

LaVar Ball said, "I'm going to wait until I get more intel on what's going on" before he comments on LiAngelo Ball's arrest but said he's not anxious.

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