UCLA Bruins freshman LiAngelo Ball, brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, along with two teammates, were arrested Tuesday for shoplifting from a high-end retail shop in Hangzhou, China.
Three players for the Yellow Jackets were also questioned regarding the incident, but were later cleared and have since rejoined the team. Ball, Riley and Hill are part of a top-10 recruiting class for the Bruins, who were ranked No. 21 in the AP's preseason Top 25 poll.
'We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China, ' read a statement from the school.
Now, an unidentified lawyer versed in Chinese law told Yahoo Sports that if standard practices are applied, the players could spend three to 10 years in prison if convicted, adding that it would take much effort from the US government to have them released from detention or their charges relaxed. The Bruins are set to take on Georgia Tech in their season opener Friday in Shanghai. "The kids were scared".More news: This keg holds a 'year supply' of ranch dressing
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott released the following statement on the incident, "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards".
We're also skeptical considering players from both squad were questioned about shoplifting, which isn't exactly a team sport. One source told Goodman that UCLA players were seen getting into a police vehicle around 1 p.m. local time.
LiAngelo Ball's college career at UCLA is not off to a good start.