Brother of Lakers Guard Lonzo Ball Arrested in Hangzhou

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According to ESPN, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill are not allowed to leave their hotel room until the end of the legal proceedings against them. His father, LaVar Ball, is also in China and told ESPN he was "going to wait until I get more intel on what's going on" before commenting.

Ball, the brother of Lakers' star rookie Lonzo Ball, and fellow UCLA freshman were arrested on shoplifting charges early Tuesday morning in Hangzhou, China. This marks the third consecutive year that a team from the Pac-12 Conference, to which UCLA belongs, will play a regular season game on Chinese soil.

A UCLA spokesman did not confirm or deny the information, referring to the school's statement that it was cooperating with local authorities.

Three UCLA basketball players can not leave their Chinese hotel after being arrested for allegedly shoplifting.

Chinese foreign ministry officials previously said that the Chinese government had reported the incident to USA officials.

Citing a person close to the situation, the Los Angeles Times reported Ball was involved in a shoplifting incident along with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill. The situation had been murky given the strictness of Chinese laws with some originally suggesting the trio could spend three to 10 years in prison.

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"We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China", UCLA Athletics said in a statement.

That latter news ironically came a day before President Trump's Thursday visit with China.

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

The Associated Press noted Wednesday that UCLA head coach Steve Alford said the players involved won't feature in the game against the Yellow Jackets, but he couldn't provide any additional details about their status.

Ball's dad, LaVar Ball, seemed unbothered and not at all anxious.

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

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