Brother of Lakers Guard Lonzo Ball Arrested in Hangzhou


There is a strong likelihood that the three UCLA basketball players arrested Tuesday for shoplifting in Hangzhou, China, 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. 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.

As The Washington Post reports, LiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers' Lonzo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill are still being held in a Chinese luxury hotel after they were arrested this week. The freshman were suspected for shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton near the hotel that the team is staying in.

"UCLA is cooperating fully with local authorities", Scott said.

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

Afterward, Ball, Riley and Hill were taken to the police station in Hangzhou, where they were kept for a number of hours.

An arrest would prompt an investigation that could take up to two additional months before prosecutors bring formal charges, Lewis told the newspaper.

Ball's dad, LaVar Ball, seemed unbothered and not at all anxious. Markazi reported the three are still being detained by Chinese police.

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

LiAngelo plans to join his brother Lonzo in the National Basketball Association next year, according to the boys' father, LaVar Ball, who has himself cultivated a certain notoriety in sports media for being brash and outspoken.

In Beijing on Thursday, Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss trade, North Korea and a range of other topics.

LiAngelo Ball (left) and Jalen Hill spending their first day in China on Monday.