UCLA's LiAngelo Ball, two others released after arrest in China


UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball and two other freshmen were released on bail Wednesday after being arrested for allegedly shoplifting in China, ESPN reported.

UCLA has not commented further outside of their initial statement in regards to the matter.

UCLA is on a trip to Asia to play Georgia Tech on Friday.

LaVar Ball, whose oldest son Lonzo went to UCLA previous year and is now playing for the Lakers, is traveling with the Bruins in China. But now it seems the Bruins will need to attend to a serious legal matter involving three of their basketball players before they can worry about playing a game.

According to a report by Bruins Report Online, the 3 UCLA players arrested for shoplifting on Tuesday could be in China for a month while dealing with the charges. "The players questioned were respectful at all times".

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In a statement issued Tuesday night by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said the three freshmen were "involved in a situation" in which police were summoned to the team hotel. UCLA ultimately fell to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, which prompted LaVar to blame Lonzo's white teammates Bryce Alford, T. J. Leaf, and Thomas Welsh. Police interviewed players from both teams before clearing three players from Georgia Tech, according to a statement released by the school.

In his own statement, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said, "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards".

UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford will sit the three players reportedly involved in a shoplifting incident in China for Saturday's game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. He'll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal. "Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards".

LiAngelo father, LaVar, was initially scheduled to hold a press conference to discuss the arrest on Wednesday morning, but cancelled on the advice of legal counsel. "We will continue to closely monitor the situation".

ESPN caught up with the family patriarch, Lavar Ball, in China.