Lonzo Ball: No word from LiAngelo amid situation in China

Lonzo Ball keeps quiet on his brother LiAngelo after shoplifting incident in China

Lonzo Ball keeps quiet on his brother LiAngelo after shoplifting incident in China

Three UCLA basketball players are being held in China for allegedly shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou.

Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that the players "will face 20 days of house arrest and then not be permitted to visit the country again, according to a person familiar with the situation".

Three freshmen on the UCLA men's basketball team accused of shoplifting in the Chinese city of Hangzhou could be months away from returning home while the legal process in their case plays out.

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Ball, who is with the UCLA basketball team ahead of their season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, was detained with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, ESPN reported. While the three UCLA team members in question won't suit up for Saturday's game against the Yellow Jackets in Shanghai, UCLA head coach Steve Alford.

"We are aware of the matter involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China and we are gathering more information", UCLA Associate Director of Athletic Communications Alex Timiraos said in a statement.

Chinese lawyers told Yahoo's Dan Wetzel that Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley could be sentenced to 3-10 years in prison if convicted on the charges.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott, meanwhile, said the conference is "very disappointed" by any actions that would detract from a positive cross-cultural experience.

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LaVar Ball (right) sits next to sons LiAngelo (center) and LaMelo (left).

"Whether in the United States or overseas, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards", it said.

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. "Everybody is making it a big deal". Georgia Tech said none of its athletes were involved.

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