Three UCLA basketball stars may be left in China as allegations against them for shoplifting go through the legal system. KTLA shares that the freshmen on the UCLA men’s basketball team accused of shoplifting from Louis Vuitton store in city of Hangzhou could be in the foreign country for months. The players are LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill.
As previously shared, the three were in China for a game against Georgia Tech. They have been accused of shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near their hotel. They were released on bail after being questioned about the alleged crime but continued to remain in their hotel as authorities continued the investigation. The players did not participate in the game that took place on Friday.
Chinese officials wouldn’t confirm the arrest report. Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s Foreign Ministry, said the case had been reported to US authorities, saying, “China is handling this case in accordance with the law, and will guarantee the rights in accordance with the law, for those involved in this case."
Per Chinese law, the three players could face significant prison sentences of three to 10 years if convicted of grand larceny. It's unclear how much the sunglasses allegedly stolen are worth.
LiAngelo Ball is a younger brother of former UCLA star Lonzo Ball, who plays with the Los Angeles Lakers. His father, LaVar, was actually in China with his son. He shared tweets from the trip prior to the arrest.
“We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China,” UCLA Athletics said in a statement. “The University is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time.”