UCLA Basketball Players Held In China After Being Accused Of Stealing Sunglasses

Esther Moore
November 10, 2017

The house arrest could be served at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou, which is where the Bruins team has been staying on their trip to China.

Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, plays guard and teammates Hill and Riley are forwards.

Earlier this week, LaVar told reporters that the situation "ain't that big a deal," but has been uncharacteristically quiet since.

In a statement, the State Department told The Washington Post that it's aware of reports of the three USA citizens being arrested in China and released on bail: "We stand ready to provide appropriate consular assistance for U.S. citizens". As he was leaving the hotel, LaVar Ball downplayed LiAngelo'a arrest, telling ESPN: "He'll be fine".

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.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Thursday that the case was in the hands of local police.

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

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"We are very disappointed by any situation that detracts from the positive student-athlete educational and cultural experience that this week is about", Scott said.

That doesn't mean that authorities would necessarily take that long in a case that reportedly involves merchandise taken from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team hotel.

Due to privacy considerations, the State Department declined to comment further.

LaVar Ball, the father of the Ball athlete family, isn't anxious.

Chinese authorities are investigating three Americans following media reports that three UCLA freshmen were arrested for shoplifting ahead of their basketball game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. Their youngest son, LaMelo Ball, is in high school.

The players will not play in Saturday's game against Georgia Tech, UCLA Athletics spokeswoman Shana Wilson said.

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