Ball and two other UCLA players were arrested in China.
Three UCLA freshman basketball players, including LiAngelo Ball, were arrested in China for shoplifting, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
Goodman reports that LiAngelo Ball – LaVar’s middle son – along with freshman Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested on shoplifting charges.
ESPN reports that “nearly 20 police officers” came to the hotel where UCLA and Georgia Tech’s teams were staying to talk with players on both squads.
One source told ESPN that nearly 20 police officers came into the Hyatt Hangzhou at approximately 8 a.m. local time Tuesday and spoke to multiple players from both Georgia Tech and UCLA. The players, according to the source, were kept in a room for hours and not allowed to speak to any of the coaches.
“They weren’t messing around,” the source told ESPN. “The kids were scared.”
Georgia Tech’s players were eventually dismissed and the three UCLA players were placed in a police car at 1 p.m. local time, according to ESPN.
UCLA released this statement:
“We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China. The University is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time.”
UCLA and Georgia Tech open their season in Shanghai on Friday.