Three players from the UCLA basketball team were arrested for shoplifting in China, Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com is reporting. Among the players was LaVar Ball’s middle son, LiAngelo Ball, whose career at UCLA was expected to start this week.
The team is in the country to play a game against Georgia Tech.
Three UCLA men's basketball players — including LiAngelo Ball — arrested in China for shoplifting, sources… https://t.co/rjLS1QZM0D
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) November 7, 2017
A source told ESPN that Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill—all freshmen—were arrested on shoplifting charges Wednesday morning (Nov. 7).
The team’s spokesman Alex Timiroas issued the following statement:
“We are aware of the matter involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China and we are gathering more information. The University is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time.”
LiAngelo’s older brother, Lonzo, was a standout for the UCLA Bruins. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2017 draft.