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REPORT: LiAngelo Ball and Two UCLA Teammates Arrested In China For Shoplifting


In what won’t be a good look for the Big Baller Brand, LiAngelo Ball along with fellow UCLA freshman Codey Riley and Jaylen Hill were arrested in China for shoplifting. Ball, who is the middle brother of the popular BBB family was recently gifted a Ferrari by his father LaVar, so to see him in this type of situation is just straight up strange. The Bruins were in China to take on Georgia Tech in a preseason game. ESPN with the details below. Via ESPN:

Three UCLA men’s basketball players — including LiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball — were arrested in China just days before Friday’s season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

One source told ESPN the players — which also included freshmen Cody Riley and Jalen Hill — were arrested on shoplifting charges.

The players are being questioned about stealing from a Louis Vuitton store that is located next to the team’s hotel.

A source tells ESPN the players are not currently with the team.

Multiple calls and texts to UCLA head coach Steve Alford at approximately 1 a.m. local time on Wednesday morning were not immediately returned.

UCLA released a statement: “We are aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes in Hangzhou, China. The University is cooperating fully with local authorities on this matter, and we have no further comment at this time.”

One source told ESPN that nearly 20 police officers came into the Hyatt Hangzhou at approximately 8 a.m. local time Tuesday and spoke to multiple players from both Georgia Tech and UCLA. The players, according to the source, were kept in a room for hours and not allowed to speak to any of the coaches.

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