UCLA players could be stuck in China for months over shoplifting arrests

Brother of Lakers Guard Lonzo Ball Arrested in Hangzhou

Lonzo Ball keeps quiet on his brother LiAngelo after shoplifting incident in China

The players were released on bail Wednesday, but ordered to stay at the hotel until their legal situation was resolved. LiAngelo's trash-talking father, LaVar Ball, and younger brother, LaMelo, were in China with the team.

Ball, the brother of Lakers' star rookie Lonzo Ball, and fellow UCLA freshman were arrested on shoplifting charges early Tuesday morning in Hangzhou, China. The three are now at that hotel and will not take part in Friday's game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.

"He'll be fine. He'll be fine", LaVar told ESPN while referring to his son.

The three U.S. college basketball players were questioned about allegedly stealing from a Louis Vuitton store during UCLA's visit to Hangzhou.

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

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said the conference was directing specifics about what transpired to UCLA.

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If that is the case, the three players would not be with UCLA when the Bruins are in Kansas City later this month for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards", he added.

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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 in a statement.

Lonzo Ball said Wednesday he has not spoken with LiAngelo since reports of the incident emerged. According to ESPN, the players were accused of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store. Lonzo Ball was selected second overall by the Lakers in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft and is seen as a building block for the team's future.

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

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