After their arrests for shoplifting in China on Tuesday, UCLA freshman LiAngelo Ball and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were reportedly released on bail Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Arash Markazi.
Markazi added that Ball and his teammates are being confined to the team hotel in Hangzhou, China, and will not be permitted to leave until the legal process plays out.
Markazi noted there is uncertainty regarding how long the legal process could take, writing it could be days, weeks or months. Tracy Pierson of Scout.com, citing multiple sources, noted the players “will more than likely have to remain in China for about a month.” Pierson added, “At this point it’s completely unknown what formal charges and recourse Chinese authorities will take against the three players. China has a history of being pretty Draconian in instances of foreigners committing crimes in their country.”
UCLA is set to face Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Friday, but Ball, Riley and Hill won’t be permitted to join the team as things stand, per Markazi.
The three players were questioned Tuesday about allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near their hotel, according to Markazi.
Ball, 18, is the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball, the older brother of high school basketball star LaMelo Ball and the son of outspoken Big Baller Brand founder LaVar Ball.
Following UCLA’s game against Georgia Tech in China, it will return home to take on Central Arkansas in a home game on Nov. 15.
Head coach Steve Alford didn’t comment on Ball’s status moving forward other than to say he won’t play against Georgia Tech.
By Mike Chiari