Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

UCLA Basketball Players Released on Bail in China After Reported Shoplifting

UCLA Basketball Players Released on Bail in China After Reported Shoplifting

The Bruins are in China to play Georgia Tech on Saturday, local time, as part of the start of college basketball's regular season.

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

The U.S. State Dept. tells TMZ Sports they are aware of the LiAngelo Ball, UCLA shoplifting arrests in China. and are ready to stop in if called upon.

Lavar Ball, the outspoken father of Lonzo and LiAngelo, told ESPN initially that the arrests "ain't that big a deal".

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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 all about", Scott said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. ESPN, which has a reporter on the scene in China, briefly got Ball to comment on the matter some time later. As of Wednesday morning, Trump had not yet tweeted about the incident, but it could come up in talks between the leaders. They are being required by Hangzhou police to remain at the hotel until the legal process is over, the source said. News of the arrests spread quickly on the UCLA campus and so is the frustration with the three young players.

Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott has said UCLA is cooperating with local authorities after the basketball players were "involved in a situation" in China, with police being summoned to the team's hotel to investigate the matter. "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards". "China has informed US side of this case in accordance with the consular treaty".

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

The team was in Hangzhou ahead of a game Friday when the freshman players were accused of shoplifting.

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

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They may not even be in Shanghai, because they can't leave their hotel.

Lavar also predicted all his sons will eventually play for the Lakers. Its first sneaker, the ZO2, raised eyebrows when it was priced at $495.

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UCLA practiced Wednesday and was scheduled to visit Shanghai Disneyland.

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